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Occupational Therapist Jobs

Positions for overseas-trained Occupational Therapists range from short-term temporary contracts and locum jobs, to longer-term permanent roles, in both urban and rural areas. Browse the latest job vacancies for Occupational Therapists in Australia now!

Professional registration differs by state. Use the links for more information on OT opportunities throughout Australia.

Note on timeframes for professionals: Register with agencies up to two years before you arrive. Apply to specific job postings no earlier than one month before you arrive.

What to do before starting work in Australia

The first thing that overseas-trained Occupational Therapists need to do before coming to work in Australia is find about visa eligibility requirements and visa application processes.

Register with Recruitment Agencies.

Apply to specific jobs.

To be legally allowed to work, you may be required to have your OT qualifications formally assessed, depending on the territory you decide to work in, and then register with the relevant professional regulatory body.

Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia

These states require registration of all International Occupational Therapists with a professional regulatory body. Before you can register in these jurisdictions, you need to have you qualifications and experience assessed by the Council of Occupational Therapy Registration Boards (COTRB).

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria

If you want to work in the public sector, you must register with a professional regulatory body in these territories. Otherwise, registration in these states is not required.

For Occupational Therapists in the public sector, register with the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists (OT Australia). Registration with OT Australia also requires an assessment of Occupational Therapy qualifications, undertaken by COTRB.

Getting your qualifications and experience assessed by the Council of Occupational Therapy Registration Boards (COTRB)

The COTRB assessment involves two steps:

  1. Desktop audit. This step can be done from your home country. Your educational qualifications will be assessed by the COTRB to ensure that they meet Australian standards. CORTB will also confirm that you are registered as an Occupational Therapist in your home country.
  2. Audited practice. After you have passed the Stage One desktop audit, arrived in Australia and secured employment, you will then need to undergo a COTRB-approved period of audited practice. This period of audited practice lasts six months, on a full-time equivalent basis.

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