Re-entering the Profession

The Re-entry program has been developed to support speech pathologists previously eligible for practising membership with Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) to return to practice after a career break of five years and less than 15 years.

In 2017 the eligibility for the Re-entry Program will change.

To participate in the Re-entry Program in 2017 onwards, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Previously eligible for Practising membership (up to 2015) or Certified Practising membership – that is, eligible for Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) status (2016 onwards).
  • Have worked as a speech pathologist in the 15 years prior to application.
  • Have not worked for up to 1000 hours in the 5 years prior to application.

The situation is different for graduates. If a graduate does not practice within ten years of graduation for a minimum of 200 hours they will NOT be eligible for Re-Entry and not eligible for Certified Practising Membership.

The eligibility requirements for the Re-Entry program have been set by the Speech Pathology Australia Board. It is to the discretion of the Board if they will accept applications that do not meet the eligibility requirements.

 

To participate in the Re-entry program applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Previously eligible for practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Have not worked for up to 1000 hours in the 5 years prior to application.
  • Have worked as a Speech Pathologist in the 15 years prior to application.

The situation is different for graduates who have not commenced practice.  They retain eligibility for Practising Membership for a period of up to three years.  New graduates who remain non-practising for more than three years, but less than 15 years, will be required to participate in a Re-entry program to regain eligibility.  

To be eligible for practising membership of the Association, Re-entry candidates must be able to demonstrate Entry-level skills as described by Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS 2011) across all the Range of Practice Areas for adults and paediatrics. 

Re-entry programs that just target an applicant’s preferred area of work will not be permitted.   

Any person participating in the Re-Entry program must join the Association (or renew) as a member in the Re-Entry category.

Re-entry participants are not eligible to receive Medicare or Private Health Fund provider status.

For further information about the program read the Re-entry Application Guide and CBOS 2011.

For further information contact the Association's National Office.