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Registration standard: English language skills

The revised Registration Standard: English language skills came into effect on 1 July 2015. This registration standard applies to all occupational therapists applying for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas.

Registration standard

Document name PDF  Accessible format  Date of effect
Registration standard: English language skills PDF (84.5KB) Word version
1 July 2015

Further information for occupational therapists

The following additional documents have been developed to supplement the Registration standard: English language skills by providing further information regarding the expectations of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. These documents should be read in conjunction with the standard.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
FAQ: English language skills PDF 
Web page August 2015
Diagram: English language skills pathway diagram for all professions PDF 
Word version 
July 2015 
Information for applicants: How to provide evidence of your English language skills PDF 
Word version 
August 2015

Consultation process

The revised English language skills registration standards for all professions were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned. The report, as well as the letter from Ministerial Council approving the new standards is available on the AHPRA website.

Retired standard

The previous version of the registration standard which is no longer in effect.

Document name PDF Date of effect
Retired version: English language skills registration standard PDF (289KB) 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015

If you are selected for audit, you will be audited against the registration standard that was in effect during the audit period, or as otherwise specified. For more information on audits refer to the audit page.

Page reviewed 18/08/2021