AOAC | Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council Standard Pathway Assessments
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.
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Standard Pathway Assessment for Registration in Australia

Please note: The Standard Pathway Assessment (SPA) has been discontinued effective 19 June 2019 and we will not be accepting any new applicants to commence the pathway. The Council is currently developing an alternate assessment pathway for overseas osteopaths wanting to migrate to Australia. The new assessment process is being developed to align with contemporary assessment practices and we anticipate the new pathway will be available in early 2020. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Download the Candidate Guide – Skills assessment for migration to, and/or registration in Australia


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.


Stage 1: Initial Assessment

The first stage of the AOAC Assessment Process requires a candidate to submit the application Form 1C Application for the Assessment of Eligibility to Undertake the Professional Examinations in Osteopathy and include all documentation specified in the application form.


The initial assessment can take up to 10 working days from the date AOAC receives the correctly completed application form and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form.


Stage 2: Written Examination

The written examination is the second stage of the AOAC Assessment Process and involves a three-hour exam designed to assess the candidate’s ability to use knowledge of osteopathic practice to respond to questions about specific scenarios.


The written examination uses multiple-choice questions about patient case scenarios to assess the knowledge, problem-solving and decision-making skills required for safe and competent practice of osteopathy practice in the Australian context.


Written examinations are scheduled for the first week of March and September each year.


Applicants are required to have completed Stage 1 prior to 5 December and 5 June respectively to ensure eligibility to sit the written examination.


Written Exam Venues

Candidates may sit for the written examination in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney), New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch), Europe (Athens, London), Middle East (Dubai, Riyadh), Sub Continent (New Delhi), Africa (Johannesburg) and Asia (Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore).


Stage 3: Portfolio

The portfolio is the third stage of the AOAC Assessment Process and involves completing and submitting various tasks based around real patient experiences and having discussion with an AOAC allocated supervisor.  Candidates have up to 3-6 months in normal circumstances to satisfactorily complete the Stage 3 requirements.


A candidate is able to apply for the third and fourth stages when he or she passes the written examination.


Stage 4: Clinical Examination

The clinical examination is the fourth and final part of the AOAC Assessment Process to qualify for general registration to practise.  The clinical examination can only be completed in Australia.


Candidates are required to apply for limited registration to sit the examination.  Further information on limited registration is available from the Osteopathy Board of Australia Failure to gain limited registration for the clinical examination will result in the inability to sit the examination.
In order to pass the clinical examination, a candidate must demonstrate that he or she are currently suitable to practice osteopathy independently in Australia by undertaking a safe and effective consultation with six real patients.


Clinical Examination Dates and Venue

Clinical examinations are generally scheduled for the last week of February and August each year and are held in Melbourne, Australia only. The venue for the clinical examination is Victoria University (Flinders Street Campus) in Melbourne, Australia.


Stage 5: Assessment (Open Book Examination (OBE))

Once a candidate has met all the requirements for stages 1-4, they will then be invited to undertake the Open book exam (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. Login details will be provided once a candidate reaches this stage.


After successfully completing the full assessment process candidates are considered qualified pursuant to section 53 (c) of the National Law for general registration as an osteopath under section 52 of the National Law on the basis that the individual holds a qualification relevant to osteopathy and has successfully completed an assessment required by the National Board for the purpose of general registration as an osteopath.



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

Assessment for Registration in Australia
Assessment of equivalence of qualifications
Application for initial assessment (Stage 1)
Application for written examination (Stage 2)
Application for portfolio (Stage 3)
Application for practical examination (Stage 4)
Repeat sitting written examination
Repeat sitting practical examination
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 Limited Registration and General Registration and are payable to the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

Submitting supporting documents


Electronic Copies (Certification required)

All documents submitted electronically must be certified scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.


Compressed files

AOAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.


A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ?.zip? file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.


What can you attach?

AOAC is only able to accept the following file formats:

File Type
Microsoft Word 2002 or older document
Microsoft Word 2007 document
JPEG image file
Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format file
Microsoft PowerPoint presentation document
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet document

The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application:

Maximum number of files
Maximum size each file
Formats allowed

English Language Requirement


Candidates who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes by achieving a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in the IELTS examination (academic module) or completion and an overall pass in the OET with grades A or B only in each of the four components.  Test results will generally need to be obtained within three years prior to applying for assessment for registration.


Candidates who provide evidence that they undertook and completed secondary education that was taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed below and that their tertiary qualifications in osteopathy were taught and assessed in English in one of the countries listed below satisfy the English language requirement:




New Zealand

Republic of Ireland

South Africa

United Kingdom

United States of America

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