Competent Authority Pathway Assessment for Registration in Australia

The Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) perform assessments of the knowledge, clinical skills and professional attributes of overseas-qualified osteopaths seeking registration to practice as an osteopath in Australia.


How to Apply

1. Download the Candidate Guide- Skills assessment for migration to, and or registration in Australia


2. Complete Form Form_1B_AU-UK


3. All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document saved as PDF files. Please refer to information on certification below.

CAP Eligibility

To be eligible for assessment under the Competent Authority Pathway, you must hold current General Osteopathic Council (UK) registration and have completed your degree in the United Kingdom. You must have an osteopathy qualification degree from one of the following schools

British College of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy)
From 9 May 2000
University College of Osteopathy (formerly British School of Osteopathy)
From 9 May 2000
College of Osteopaths
From 8 May 2001
European School of Osteopathy
From 9 May 2000
Leeds Beckett University
From 1 September 2007
London College of Osteopathic Medicine
From 9 May 2000
London School of Osteopathy
From 9 May 2000
Oxford Brookes University
From 1 October 2003
Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine
From 1 January 2003
Swansea University
From 15 December 2011
Assessment process

1. AOAC processes your application for assessment of eligibility for the Competent Authority Pathway and checks all associated documentation. Please ensure that supporting documents are certified as per information above.


2. If AOAC is satisfied that you have met all the requirements, you will then be invited to undertake the Assessment Open Book Examination (OBE) based on the Information on the Practice of Osteopathy in Australia – A guide for graduates trained overseas. This exam is multiple choice and completed online. Log in details will be provided once a candidate reaches this stage.


3. On successful completion of the OBE, you will be issued will a certificate of assessment of qualifications and skills in osteopathy.This is the end of the AOAC process.


4. Apply to the Osteopathy Board of Australia for Provisional Registration. Once granted Provisional Registration, you will undertake 6 months supervised practice. The Osteopathy Board of Australia defines the supervision and reporting requirements when it grants Provisional Registration.  Supervised practice is not a function of AOAC, information regarding supervised practiceis available from the Osteopathy Board of Australia.



Fees are subject to change without notice and are non-refundable. Prices quoted are in Australian Dollars.

Assessment for Registration in Australia
Application for initial assessment (Stage 1)
Open Book Exam(OBE) on the guide
Category 1: Administrative Review
Category 2: Appeals in relation to conduct or procedures of the examinations
Category 3: Special consideration appeal
Category 4: Full appeal

Additional costs will apply for Provisional Registration and General Registration and are payable to the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

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