21 May 2015
Revised English language skills registration standards take effect from 1 July for all registrants.
National Boards today published the contents of revised English language skills registration standards for all registrants except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners. Boards also published supporting materials to help practitioners understand the new requirements.
Whenever possible, National Boards seek to work together to develop common or similar standards across professions.
The revised standards are:
The revised standards introduce additional pathways for applicants to demonstrate evidence of their English language skills. Diagrams of how these work are included below under ‘additional resources’.
The revised standards were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included a public consultation. The consultation report provides a summary of responses, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.
These revised standards will apply to all applicants for initial registration, regardless of whether they qualified in Australia or overseas (except for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners).
The English language skills registration standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners is being reviewed at a later date, and does not change on 1 July 2015.