Recognition of Dietetic Qualifications

The following information was prepared by the DAA as guidance for:

  • Overseas qualified dietitians who wish to obtain recognition of their qualifications in order to be eligible to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program (please refer to Dietetic Skills Recognition (DSR),
  • Australian qualified dietitians who require skills migration assessments (please refer to Skills Migration Assessments)

Working as a Dietitian in Australia

Although at this time there are no legal requirements for registration of dietitians in Australia, the vast majority of employers require employees to be eligible to become DAA members with dietetic qualifications and join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program. The APD Program is administered by DAA as a means of self-regulation by the profession, in order to obtain and maintain high levels of professional practice.

Current APD status is required for a Medicare or Department of Veterans Affairs provider number and for provider status with many private health insurers.

As an overseas qualified dietitian, employers will therefore usually require you to have completed the recognition procedures that enable you to apply for membership of the APD Program. Procedures may vary if you qualified in a country which has a Mutual Recognition agreement with DAA.

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