12 Sep 2022
Graduates set to complete their course in the next three months can take the first step in their new health career by applying for registration now.
Applying before you finish study means we can start assessing your application while we wait for your graduate results.
Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) is required before you can start working as an occupational therapist – and means you can work anywhere in Australia.
Once we’ve received your graduate results from your education provider and we are satisfied that you have met all the requirements for registration, we will finalise your application.
When you are registered, we will publish your name on the Register of practitioners, and you can start working as an occupational therapist!
Watch our video to get your application right
Applying for graduate registration video.
You’ll find helpful advice, tips for avoiding common causes of delay and downloadable information flyers on the graduate applications page of the Ahpra website.
It's important that you provide correctly certified photo ID documents with your application - the wording is very specific.
‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
To get it right the first time download the guide ‘Certifying Documents’ and take it with you to the authorised officer.
In addition to JPs, most registered health practitioners, public servants, teachers, lecturers and members of the legal profession can certify photographic ID documents. For the full list of authorised officers see the guide.
When you apply for registration, your application is carefully assessed against the Board’s requirements for registration, which includes meeting the following registration standards:
You also need to tell us about any criminal history and any health impairments that may affect your ability to practise.
You can also check out the Board’s video for graduating students which introduces you to the Board and outlines the professional standards expected of occupational therapists.
How long does it take to assess my application?
We can’t finalise your application until we receive your graduate results from your education provider
If you’ve submitted everything you need to prove you’ve met the requirements for registration, we aim to finalise your application within two weeks of receiving your graduate results.
For registration enquiries or difficulties with the online application form: contact us by making a web enquiry or by calling 1300 419 495 (within Australia).
For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200.