Good News for Physiotherapists From South Africa!
The Australian Physiotherapist Council offers physiotherapists from select countries an express pathway of their skills assessments. The good news is that South Africa is now one of those countries!
Explaining the FLYR pathway
Eligible physiotherapists with qualifications from approved countries can access the Australian Physiotherapist Council’s FLYR pathway.
This pathway exists for countries whose physiotherapy education, training, regulation and practice have been assessed to be substantially comparable to Australia.
The advantage for physiotherapists is a streamlined assessment process towards becoming a physiotherapist in Australia. Eligible candidates bypass the Clinical Assessment stage, and the Cultural Safety Training and Written Assessment can be completed without travelling to Australia. These concessions save candidates time and money.
What are the requirements?
- First and foremost, eligible physiotherapists must be from one of these countries:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong (SAR of China)
- United Kingdom
- Singapore (Qualification must be Bachelor-level degree)
Candidates must also:
- Have completed an entry-level physiotherapy qualification in an approved FLYR country
- Held registration without restriction with the relevant regulatory body within the past five years
- Able to practice without any restrictions
- Have an entry-level qualification that is diploma-level or higher, except for Singapore candidates that must have completed a Bachelor-level degree
Candidates who meet these requirements must complete an eligibility assessment, cultural safety training, and a written assessment. These components can be done online and remotely.
Skilled migration visa options for physiotherapists
Physiotherapists are on Australia’s Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). That means eligible candidates could apply for one of the following skilled migration visas:
- Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189)
- Skilled Nominated Visa (Subclass 190)
- Skilled Work Regional Visa (Subclass 491)
- Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)