FAQs

General

A formal appeal process has been established. Please go to Appeals Process page for further information.

No, to find out who is authorised to certify documents see the list of authorised witnesses.

DAA can discuss applications with other people (ie: a family member or other agent) if the applicant authorises DAA to do so.  Attach a signed letter authorising the person (by name) to act as your agent.

An assessment can take up to six weeks from the receipt of your application and required documentation.

Successful DSR candidates have 3 years to join the APD program from the date they receive confirmation they have successfully passed the final stage, failure to join during this period will result in the applicant having to re-complete the DSR process.

No, there is no refund if you fail the assessment process.

No, DAA staff do not give advice about migration issues. We recommend you contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Candidates whose recency of practice is greater than 3 years are required to return to the country where they held a dietetic credential, re-claim that credential and undertake the minimum number of hours in a dietetic role. The role undertaken must meet the definition of dietetic practice as set out in DAA’s Dietitian Scope of Practice Framework.

Recency of practice break Minimum number of hours in a dietetic role to be undertaken in the country where a dietetic credential is held
3 years 600 hours
4 years 800 hours
5 years 1,000 hours
6 years 1,200 hours
7 years 1,400 hours

An additional 200 hours will be added for every additional years break from practice.

Demonstrated compliance with the required number of hours will result in a 12 months extension of eligibility to complete all 3 stages of the DSR pathway. For example, Jane qualified as a Dietitian in USA, but has not practiced in the US for 5 years. Jane must return to the USA, register as an RD and demonstrate a minimum of 1,000 hours in dietetic practice that meet the DAA Scope of Practice Framework. On completion of these hours, Jane has 12 months from her last day of practice in the US, to apply and pass both Stage 2 and 3 of the DSR pathway.

Australian Qualified Dietitians

An assessment will be issued once DAA has processed your application and verified that you have graduated from an accredited dietetics program.

No, DAA assesses your skills and qualifications for the purpose of migration on the basis of evidence submitted with your application.

No, as long as you apply for skills assessment within two years of graduation.

No, DAA is an Assessing Authority for the assessment and recognition of dietetic qualifications only.

The recognised credential for dietitians in the US is ‘Registered Dietitian’ or ‘RD’. If you’re an APD hoping to work as a dietitian in the US, information about the process towards gaining RD status can be found on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics website.

Licensing and registration requirements can differ between US States, the nutritionED.org website has some helpful information regarding registration/licensing requirements in each state, as well as job prospects for dietitians and nutritionists

Overseas Qualified Dietitians

A Skills Migration Assessment will only be issued once you have passed the written multiple choice question (MCQ) exam.

Either the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET) in Dietetics.

No, this requirement can only be met by completing a practical course/placement under supervision within your degree.

If you can demonstrate that the academic content of your 3 year sandwich course matches the Australian guidelines in relation to science and nutrition content (as per the sample Australian dietetic program outline found under DSR criteria 3.) the program may be assessed as meeting DAA’s eligibility criteria. All applications are considered individually. It is your responsibility to review the requirements of this criterion before lodging an application.

Yes, candidates fail the assessment stage unless they meet all of the four criteria.

Until you have passed both the oral and written exams you are not eligible for membership of DAA or the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Eligibility for APD status is a prerequisite of many dietetic positions in Australia and APD status is required for a Medicare provider number and for provider status with many private health insurers.

Graduates of Australian accredited dietetics course have direct eligibility to apply for membership of the DAA and the APD credential.

No, Australia does not have a dietetic internship system as some other countries do.

Nutritionists

No, DAA only conducts skills assessments for either overseas qualified dietitians or overseas residents who have graduated from an accredited dietetics course in Australia. We do not conduct skills assessments for nutritionists for the purpose of migration.

In Australia, all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists however, nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the expert role of a dietitian. Please see ‘Dietitians in Australia‘ for further information.

Migration

Additional information regarding the Migration programs can be raised directly with the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection who oversee these programs. DAA is unable to provide information on Migration programs or processes.

The SOL is targeting professions where there is an identified current or future shortage. Skills Australia, on behalf of the Government, has determined that there is no anticipated current or future shortage of dietetic graduates. With approximately 500 graduates per year in Australia this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future.