If you have a registration with a state registrar or territory as of June 30, 2012, you automatically switch to the national registration and accreditation system. Their registration is recognized in all states and territories of Australia. The Council of Occupational Therapists Registration Boards (COTRB) COTRB is responsible for assessing the qualifications of occupational therapist occupational therapists with training abroad (except in New Zealand) who wish to work in Australia. The evaluation process includes an initial office audit in which the proposed migrants must meet a number of criteria before they can migrate. Once in Australia, you will pass a targeted practical audit in your first job to ensure that your practical skills are developing and that you are able to meet the required standards in an Australian work environment. For more information on the evaluation process, please visit the COTRB website. The Council of Occupational Therapists Registration Boards (Australia – New Zealand) Inc. (“COTRB”) was established in 1996 in Queensland to address issues of common interest or common interest to occupational therapists Registration Boards in Australia and New Zealand. On February 17, 2010, the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs (SA) approved an amendment to its constitution and rules and a name change in the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia – New Zealand) Inc. (“OTC”) Mental Health OTs Australia`s competency standards for Occupational Therapists in Mental Health provide a framework for developing and assessing their professional skills. The competency standards describe the units of competence expected by occupational therapists who have been practicing in psychiatric settings for two years.
These competency standards are based on Australian skills standards for beginners (1994), but they are not a prerequisite. From July 1, 2012, occupational therapists will have to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia as part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and comply with board registration standards to practice in Australia. The Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) developed a new website for professions that join the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) in July 2012. Occupational therapy is one of four occupations that enter this system in 2012 and this new website will provide up-to-date information on the implementation of this system in our profession. For more information, please see: www.nras2012.ahpra.gov.au Fitness to Practice Criminal History Check and a good stand review is usually required for OTs. Qualified in another country Succeeding in migrating to Australia as an OT is not a guarantee of membership to Australia OT.