The Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) carries out assessments of the skills and qualifications held by overseas trained osteopaths on behalf of the Osteopathy Board of Australia. AOAC also assesses internationally qualified osteopaths seeking to work in Australia under the General Skilled Migration program.
- Standard Pathway Assessment (SPA) for Registration in Australia
- Competent Authority Pathway (CAP) Assessment for registration in Australia
- Assessment for skilled migration in Australia
The Standard Pathway Assessment (SPA) has changed. The SPA still contains 5 stages but stages 2-4 are new assessments in different format to previously (previous assessments were discontinued at the end of 2019). Please ensure you have downloaded the new version of the candidate guide (last updated January 2020) which contains the information on the new assessments. An overview of the five stages is provided below.
This pathway is open to candidates from any country (including the UK) who hold an osteopathic qualification that has been bench-marked as academically equivalent to an Australian or New Zealand Bachelor degree. If your first language is not English or your course of study was not delivered in English you will need to provide evidence of having completed a test of English language proficiency. More information about English language skills standards and requirements can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.
AOAC does not:
- perform skills assessments for New Zealand. Applicants for New Zealand should visit the OCNZ
- register osteopaths. This is a function of the Osteopathy Board of Australia
- employ osteopaths in Australia
- advise on visa or immigration matters
- process applications for osteopathy training in Australia or New Zealand
- provide continuing professional development courses