The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) is responsible for the regulation of occupational therapists. The Board has assigned the Occupational Therapy of Australia Ltd (OTC) to exercise the accreditation functions under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The OTC is the accreditation authority responsible for accrediting education providers and programs of study for the occupational therapy profession.
The below document aims to provide guidance on the functions and responsibilities of entities involved in the accreditation process of programs of study and education providers.
Occupational Therapy Board - Accreditation function - Overview of the role and responsibilities of each entity (67.2 KB,PDF).
Accreditation standards are used to assess whether a program of study, and the education provider that provides the program of study, provide persons who complete the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to practise the profession.
At its meeting on 20 June 2013, the Board approved the Accreditation standards for entry-level occupational therapy education programs (December 2013) from 1 December 2013.
At its meeting on 1 March 2019, the Board approved the revised Accreditation standards for entry-level occupational therapy education programs (December 2018) from 1 January 2020. The Accreditation standards for entry-level occupational therapy education programs (December 2013) will no longer be in effect from 1 January 2020.
The revised accreditation standards were developed following wide-ranging consultation about their content, as required under section 46 of the National Law.
In accordance with section 47(7)(b) of the National Law, the revised accreditation standards will take effect at the later date as stated in the standard (i.e. 1 January 2020).
The accreditation standards are also published on the OTC website. Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Council (OTC) website for further information.
An online search is available for all approved programs of study on the AHPRA website.
Programs of study classified as “inactive” are not included in this list. An online search is available for inactive programs of study that are no longer delivered by an Education Provider or no longer approved by the National Board.
Adequate programs of study - Qualifications for registration - June 2015 (31.2 KB,PDF), Word version (712 KB,DOCX).