Revised English language registration standards taking effect for health practitioners

From 1 July 2015, new registration standards for English language skills will come into effect for all professions, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice.The new standards are:
  1. a common standard for 12 professions: Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, medical radiation, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology;
  2. the standard for 10 Boards (no additional wording);
  3. the standard for dental, with the addition for some very brief dental-specific words for applicants for limited registration;
  4. the standard for medical, with the addition of information about two medicine-specific English language tests;
  5. a profession-specific standard for nursing and midwifery, which shares many elements with the common standard.
Document PDF Accessible format Date of effect
English language skills registration standard PDF
(375KB)
Word version
(577KB,DOCX)
1 July 2015
English language skills registration standard (dental) PDF
(225KB)
Word version
(72.8KB,DOCX)
1 July 2015
English language skills registration standard (medical) PDF
(216KB)
Word version
(72.6KB,DOCX)
1 July 2015
English language skills registration standard (nursing and midwifery) PDF
(317KB)
Word version
(396KB,DOCX)
1 July 2015
These new standards were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.
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Consultation report PDF
(576KB)
Word version
(638 KB,DOCX)
May 2015
The new standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. Diagrams of how these work are included under ‘additional resources’.These new standards apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas, except for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.The English language skills registration standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners is being reviewed at a later date, and does not change on 1 July 2015.
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Additional resources about the standards coming in to effect from 1 July 2015.
Document PDF Accessible format Document date
Letter from Ministerial Council approving the new standards PDF
(1.10MB)
April 2015
FAQ for all professions (except nurses and midwives):
Find out more about the standards
PDF
(197KB)
Word version
(76.5KB,DOCX)
May 2015
FAQ: Additional information for Chinese medicine practitioners PDF
(280KB)
Word version
(83.4KB,DOCX)
May 2015
Pathways diagram for all professions (except nurses and midwives): Explains the requirements for each pathway PDF
(104KB)
Word version
(569 KB,DOCX)
July 2015
Evidence guide for all professions (except nurses and midwives) PDF
(268KB)
Word version
(799KB,DOCX)
May 2015
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Information specific to nurses and midwives
Document PDF Accessible format Document date
Pathways diagram for nurses and midwives: Explains the requirements for each pathway PDF
(110KB)
Word version
(569 KB,DOCX)
July 2015
Evidence guide for nurses and midwives PDF
(296KB)
Word version
(207 KB,DOCX)
May 2015
FAQ: Information for nurses and midwives about the standard PDF
(271KB)
Word version
(395KB,DOCX)
May 2015
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About the English language skills test
For more information about the tests, please refer to the provider’s website.

 

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