Overseas Qualifications Assessments
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is recognised as the national professional standards organisation for speech pathologists in Australia. The Association is also recognised by the Department of Education and the Department of Employment as the assessing authority for speech pathologists intending to apply for skilled migration to Australia. Learn about Mutual Recognition.
|Eligibility for the Overseas Qualification Assessment process will change in 2017. To be eligible to apply in 2017 under the Complete Assessment process for overseas trained speech pathologists, an applicant must be able to demonstrate they have worked as a speech pathologist for a minimum of 1000 hours (approximately 12 months experience). Applications from new graduates or speech pathologists with less than 1000 hours will NOT be accepted. There will be no changes to the Mutual Recognition Agreement process.
Australian Trained Speech Pathologists
If you are considering working overseas please read this information:
- Australian trained Speech Pathologists requiring a Skills Assessment for Migration must complete an Application for Skills Assessment for Migration Purposes Form .
- The Mutual Recognition of Professional Associations Credentials (MRA) has been developed to facilitate Australian and overseas trained speech pathologists gain membership of signatory Associations. The purpose of the MRA is to foster international collaboration and streamline processes. View further information about the Mutual Recognition of Professional Associations Credentials.
Please note some countries with licensure/regulatory bodies have additional requirements that you have to satisfy to be able to work. Membership of the country’s Association is not a permit or approval to work. Ensure you research the requirements for the state/province of the country you wish to work.
Overseas Trained Speech Pathologists
If you trained overseas and wish to work in Australia you MUST read this:
Speech Pathology Australia:
- sets the professional standards for speech pathologists in Australia; and
- is the assessing authority for skilled migration of speech pathologists migrating to Australia.
You MUST be eligible for practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia to work in most organisations in Australia.
To be eligible for practising membership you MUST demonstrate that:
Further information regarding Immigration and the use of a registered Migration Agent can be obtained from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Travelling to Australia for the purposes of work prior to your application being accepted is NOT recommended.
You MUST read the Information Guide for Applicants .
Australian Competency Based Occupational Standards
The Competency Based Occupational Standards–Entry Level (CBOS) describe the core competencies of speech pathologists working in Australia. CBOS outlines the standards against which the qualifications and competence of overseas applicants are assessed.
Some applicants depending upon their year of qualification or country of training will be required to provide additional evidence of competency with Dysphagia management.
Refer to the Information Guide for Applicants .
Competent Professional Use of English
There are many languages other than English used in Australia with over 23 per cent of the Australian population speaking a language other than English at home (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011).
The Association is keen to increase the number of languages in which competent clinical practice is available, but this does not remove the requirement for competence in English.
If you answer no to one or both of the statements below, you must submit additional evidence of your English competence.
- My first language is English.
- My Speech Pathology training was conducted in English.
The additional English evidence requirements are outlined in the Information Guide for Applicants .
Types of Applications
There are two types of application that you may make. These are:
- A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Application
You should make this application if you are a current member of one of the following speech pathology associations—ASHA (USA), SAC (Canada), IASLT (Ireland), NZSTA (New Zealand) or RCSLT (UK)— and believe you are eligible to meet the stated requirements. You must be a Full Member of IASLT and NZSTA to apply under this process. Refer to information on the website of your current association and complete the Speech Pathology Australia Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Application Form .
- A Complete Application
If you are not eligible to submit a MRA Application (see above) and have the evidence to demonstrate your competence as a speech pathologist, you should complete A Complete Application Form .
Refer to the Information Guide for Applicants to determine the type of application most suitable for you .