Re-entering the Profession

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is closely monitoring the evolving requirements and restrictions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read the following carefully.

Impact of COVID-19 on Re-entry Program Members

The Association understands that Re-entry Program Members are concerned about the many potential impacts of COVID-19 with respect to successfully completing their Re-entry program. The Association is guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). To ensure consistency with approaches the Association will also be informed by the National Alliance Self-Regulating Health Professionals (NASRHP).

In response to COVID-19 the the Association’s national office is now closed and all operations are continuing in a remote office capacity. In navigating this new remote office environment there may be delays in responding to enquiries.

Extensions for Current Re-Entry Members

The Association will be granting all Re-Entry Members a three month extension on the completion of their programs. The three month extension will be reviewed at the end of June 2020 and a decision will be made at that time if further extensions are warranted

Modification of Re-Entry Program Requirements

The Association will not be developing a fast track pathway or modifying the Re-Entry Program requirements (other than an extension for current applicants) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no exceptions to this position.

Any specific updates with respect to changes in processes and status will be communicated directly to Re-entry Program Members and/or made available on this web page as relevant. At this stage, the information provided on this web page is current.

Re-entry Program

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.

To participate in the Re-entry Program, 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.

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.

This graphic is a screen shot of the Q&A video about the Re-entry program with senior advisers from the Association's Professional Standards team.Watch a Q&A video about the Re-entry program with senior advisors from the  Association's Professional Standards team.

For further information about the program read the Re-entry Program Guide and Re-entry Program Application This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

For further information contact the Association's National Office.

Resources for Re-entry Applicants and Members