Qualification and Competency Assessments
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is recognised as the national professional standards organisation for speech pathologists in Australia. The Association is also recognised by the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs as the assessing authority for speech pathologists intending to apply for skilled migration to Australia.
Overseas Trained Speech Pathologists
There are two types of application that you may make. These are:
Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Application
To be eligible to apply you must hold certification from or have membership of one of the signatory MRA Associations. You must also have completed your training and qualification to practice as a speech pathologist in a country that is signatory to the MRA Agreement as below.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) – Certificate of Clinical Competence– Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP)
Speech Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) – Clinically Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP(C))
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) – Certified Member (Cert MRCSLT)
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) – Full Member
New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association (NZSTA) – Full Member (with the exception of those who graduated before 1993, who are not eligible to apply under this agreement).
Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Application Form .
Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Guide for Applicants .
Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment Application
If you are not eligible to submit a MRA Application (see above) and have the evidence to demonstrate your competence as a speech pathologist, you should complete the Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment.
Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment Application Form
Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment Guide for Applicants
Overseas Qualifications Competency Assessment Application Forms – Identifying Evidence .
You MUST read the guidelines that refer to your application.
You must be eligible for Certified Practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia to work in most organisations in Australia.
To be eligible for Certified Practising membership you MUST demonstrate that:
Further information regarding Immigration and the use of a registered Migration Agent can be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs.
Travelling to Australia for the purposes of work prior to your application being accepted is NOT recommended.
Competency Based Occupational Standards
The Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists –Entry Level (CBOS) describe the core competencies of speech pathologists working in Australia. CBOS outlines the standards against which the qualifications and competence of overseas applicants are assessed.
Some applicants depending upon their year of qualification or country of training will be required to provide additional evidence of competency with Dysphagia management.
View the Compass Generic Professional Competencies .
View the Dysphagia Clinical Guidelines .
Competent Professional Use of English
The Association is keen to increase the number of languages in which competent clinical practice is available, but this does not remove the requirement for competence in English.
If you answer no to one or both of the statements below, you must submit additional evidence of your English competence.
- My dominant language is English.
- My Speech Pathology training was conducted in English.
Australian Trained Speech Pathologists
Australian trained Speech Pathologists with Australian Qualifications requiring a Skills Assessment for Migration must complete an Application for Skills Assessment for Migration Purposes Form .
If you have Australian qualifications and are considering working overseas please read this information:
- The Mutual Recognition of Professional Associations Credentials (MRA) has been developed to facilitate Australian and overseas trained speech pathologists gain membership of signatory Associations. The purpose of the MRA is to foster international collaboration and streamline processes. View further information about the Mutual Recognition of Professional Associations Credentials. Please note some countries with licensure/regulatory bodies have additional requirements that you have to satisfy to be able to work. Membership of the country’s Association is not a permit or approval to work. Ensure you research the requirements for the state/province of the country you wish to work.