Become a Speech Pathologist

In Australia to become a speech pathologist you must complete an entry level to the profession university degree. The degree may be at a Bachelor or Masters level. Typically, this means completing a Bachelor course if you are entering university directly from high school. If you have a previous university qualification you may be eligible for a Masters course. (Read the FAQ: Becoming a Speech Pathologist This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.).

You will need to contact the various universities to find out further information regarding their eligibility and selection requirements. Refer to the Speech Pathology Australia's Position Statement on Dual Entry to the Profession.

Please note, The completion of a course to become an allied health assistant (speech pathology) or any allied health assistant course is not a recognised pathway towards becoming a speech pathologist or gaining entry into a university course. Other short “speech pathology courses” are also not recognised by universities or Speech Pathology Australia.

University Accreditation

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is recognised by the Federal Government of Australia, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations as the professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia.

The Association grants accreditation to speech pathology degree programs that meet certain requirements. All entry level degree programs in Australia, whether undergraduate or post graduate, are assessed to the same standards in the accreditation process.

Accreditation assures the general public that the speech pathology degree programs in Australia have the appropriate qualities to produce professional speech pathologist practitioners who are eligible for membership of the Association.

A speech pathology degree program accredited by the Association permits only those students who have achieved the entry-level standard specified in the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) to graduate.

For further information regarding the accreditation program refer to the Accreditation of Speech Pathology Degree Program This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Accreditation Classifications

A university course will be awarded an accreditation classification as outlined below. Accreditation may be awarded for up to five years.

Classification: Qualifying
New courses seeking accreditation for the first time, but have not yet undergone accreditation evaluation. Graduate cohorts during this qualifying period are ineligible for practising membership of the Association.

Classification: Full
Full accreditation is awarded when there is evidence that the students achieve the entry-level standards as specified in the Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS) and that the program has the appropriate governance, curricula planning and review processes, resources and staffing profile to maintain standards. The maximum accreditation period of five years with annual reporting requirements and mandatory prior notification of possible course changes.

Classification: Provisional
Provisional accreditation is awarded when a course has achieved accreditation for the first time. New courses must have achieved Provisional accreditation status prior to the first cohort graduating in order for this cohort to be eligible for practising membership of the Association.

Classification: Conditional 
Accreditation is awarded when a course that has previously achieved FULL accreditation does not subsequently meet accreditation requirements during the five year accreditation term or at the time of re-accreditation. The Association will set a date by which specified conditions must be met. This must be within a two year period. If the university fails to comply with the specified requirements accreditation may be withheld or suspended.

Classification: Not Accredited
A course that does not meet the requirements of accreditation status.

Australian University Accreditation Classifications

Table 1 below provides information on the university courses current accreditation classification.

For further information about the courses contact the university concerned.

Table 1: University courses current accreditation classification

University Course Accreditation / Classification Re-accreditation due
Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Melbourne) Full Accreditation 2019
Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Sydney) Full Accreditation 2019
Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Brisbane) Qualifying N/A
Central Queensland University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Provisional 2018
Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Conditional 2018
Charles Sturt University Master of Speech Pathology Not Accredited
N/A
Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) Full Accreditation 2016
Curtin University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2016
Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2017
Flinders University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2017
Flinders University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2017
Giffith University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2018
James Cook University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2018
Macquarie University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2017
La Trobe University Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2020
La Trobe University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2020
Melbourne University Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2017
Newcastle University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2018
Southern Cross University Bachelor of Speech Pathology Provisional 2018
University of Sydney Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) Full Accreditation 2019
University of Sydney Master of Speech Pathology Full Accreditation 2019
University of Queensland Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) Full Accreditation 2018
University of Queensland Master of Speech Pathology Studies Full Accreditation 2018