Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment Application

If you are not eligible to submit a MRA application and have evidence to demonstrate your competence as a speech pathologist, you should complete the Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment.

The Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment process assumes you have experience working as a speech pathologist. Individuals must demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 1000 hours or approximately 12 months to be eligible to apply. Evidence from student work will not be accepted on its own.

It is strongly suggested that you submit your application from your home country as it is easier to obtain further evidence to support your application if requested.

You should apply for Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment if:

  • Your qualifications are comparable to those of speech pathologists trained in Australia.
  • You have the ability to use English effectively in the Australian speech pathology context.
  • You have practiced as a speech pathologist for at least 1000 hours in the last five years, if you graduated more than five years ago OR you have a minimum of 12 months practice experience if you graduated less than five years ago.

All these conditions must be met for you to be assessed for Certified Practicing Membership of the Association.

Speech Pathology Australia is providing advance notice to Overseas Qualified applicants with regard to planned changes to assessment standards from 2023. All potential applicants are advised to consult the website prior to preparing and submitting an application.

The Association will ensure that any changes to the assessment standards will not disadvantage applicants already in the process of being assessed.

Notice added February 2022.


Educational requirements

Your speech pathology qualifications must be comparable to those of speech pathologists trained in Australia. This comparison is made using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The minimum qualification accepted in Australia is a Bachelor’s degree, which is classified as AQF 7.

Your qualification(s) must:

  • be specific to speech pathology practice;
  • include components of supervised clinical experiences;
  • be comparable with the Australian Qualifications Framework definition of AQF 7.

Compare your qualifications with the AQF definitions prior to submitting your application to confirm that they are at least equivalent to the Australian minimum.

English Language requirements

Many languages other than English are used in Australia. Speech Pathology Australia is keen to increase the number of languages in which competent clinical practice is available, but this does not replace or remove the requirement for competent professional use of English.

Speech pathologists in Australia need to work with English as the vehicle of communication and as the focus of assessment and treatment. Therefore evidence of competent professional use of English is required as part of the Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment process. This is demonstrated through the completion of the Occupational English Test (OET).

Occupational English test requirements (OET)

The OET provides a global evaluation of the applicant’s ability to use English in professionally relevant reading, writing, listening and speaking tasks. It also considers features such as naturalness and general effectiveness.

Speech Pathology Australia requires a “superior” English level with at least two subtest results in the Band 450 – 500 and two subtest results in the Band 400-500 or with OET results achieved prior to September 2018 at least threes As and one B (listening or reading sub-tests only).

  • You must achieve the OET requirements before submitting your application.
  • OET results must be available through the OET website on the date of your application. The results must be no more than 2 years old at the date of submission.
  • You may have no more than two attempts at the OET in six months. You must be tested on all four components in each sitting.
  • Your application will not be accepted if you have NOT achieved the required OET results.

You will be responsible for meeting the cost of sitting the OET

Further information regarding the OET.

Assessment exemptions

Applicants are exempt from providing evidence of the Occupational English Test if they have an entry level Speech Pathology qualification conducted in English from a university in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America or the Republic of Ireland.


Fee for migration skills assessment: The application fee of $1400 (Australian dollars) must accompany the application form.

Fee for withdrawing application: If the withdrawal is requested prior to the assessment commencing, a full refund will be considered, less an administration fee of $100 (Australian dollars).

Fee for review/appeal: The fee for lodging an appeal again Speech Pathology Australia’s decision is 25% of the initial application fee or $350 (Australian dollars) which must be paid at the time of submitting the written appeal.

Payment options: The full application fee must be paid at the time of lodging a written application for migration skills assessment.

Refund policy: This fee is non re-fundable

Application process

Please submit by email all completed forms and supporting documentation.

All submissions of portfolio of evidence must be presented in a manner that is ordered, include a table of contents, and page numbering

High quality notarized scans of your personal information will be accepted at 300DPI or greater. If there are any issues with the quality of the scanned documents you may be asked to submit the hard copy

Electronic submissions of portfolio evidence are preferred however hard copies will be accepted by mail to:

Speech Pathology Australia
Level 1, 114 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Guide for applicants

The guides for applicants provide detailed information for applicants including:

What to include in your application

How to present your evidence

The assessment process

The appeal process.

Please read the guide carefully prior to completing and submitting your application.

Please note you are advised to refer to the web version of the Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment (OSQCA) Guide for Applicants. Printing a hard copy is not recommended. You must submit your application based on the criteria that is on the web at the time of submission. Any major changes to requirements will be communicated to all applicants as appropriate.

Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment (OSQCA) Guide for Applicants This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.


The Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment (OSQCA) Application Form This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Assessment process

Your application will be assessed by the Professional Recognition Panel.

The panel will provide written feedback on your submission of evidence within 10 weeks of receiving evidence of competency. If your application is not successful, your feedback will list the area(s) that did and did not meet requirements. You may submit additional evidence on two further occasions following feedback from the Panel.

The processing of your assessment and submissions or additional evidence must be concluded within two years of your original application.

Please refer to the Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment (OSQCA) Guide for Applicants for further details of the assessment process.

Policy on fraudulent documents

All the documentation and evidence in your portfolio will be checked for fraudulent representation. Any evidence of this will result in refusal to process the documents and your application will not proceed futher.

Review/appeal process

Speech Pathology Australia will only consider an appeal of an outcome of unsuccessful applications under the following circumstances.

  • The assessment procedures and processes as approved by Speech Pathology Australia have not been implemented or adhered to in the established manner or format.
  • There is proven prejudice or bias exhibited by the Professional Recognition Panel or an individual Professional Recognition Assessor in the undertaking of the assessment.
  • Significant new information or documentation becomes available after the assessment process which would add to or change the applicant’s claims and capacities to demonstrate competence in the practice of the profession.

The appeal process is not to be used by applicants as an alternative to the established assessment process. A review cannot reverse or change the decision of the Professional Recognition Panel, nor will it exempt an applicant from any component of the assessment process. The review can only request that the assessment process be repeated or that it not proceed.

An appeal will not be considered on the basis of:

  • Disputing or questioning the standards set
  • Disputing or questioning the assessment process as established by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Contesting the nature and extent of the information and advice provided to the applicant.

The three examples provided for the rejection of an appeal are a non-exhaustive list of circumstances where the threshold requirement for an appeal is not met.

An appeal against Speech Pathology Australia’s decision must be made within 28 days of the date of receiving the letter stating that your application was unsuccessful.

You must lodge your appeal in writing and direct to the Chief Executive Officer of Speech Pathology Australia. The reason for the appeal must be clearly stated.

Please refer to the Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment (OSQCA) Guide for Applicants for further information.