Become a Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is recognised by the Federal Government of Australia, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, as well as the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) as the professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia.

In Australia to become a speech pathologist student must graduate from a ‘professional entry’ university program. View information about University Programs.

Australian universities offer speech pathology degrees that vary in duration, pre-requisites, inclusions and delivery. The qualification awarded upon graduation also varies: programs can be at a Bachelor, Bachelor with honours or (Graduate Entry) Masters level.

More information about each Program may be obtained from the individual universities.

The FAQ: Becoming a Speech Pathologist This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF. and the Speech Pathology Australia Position Statement on Dual Entry to the Profession, may also be of interest.

Please note: an Allied Health Assistant qualification, in any form, is not a recognised pathway towards becoming a speech pathologist or gaining entry to any university program. Short courses in speech pathology or similar variants are also not recognised by universities or Speech Pathology Australia for entry into the speech pathology profession.