The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) is an independent organisation to assess and accredit podiatry education programs that aim to graduate persons who are eligible for registration as a podiatrist and to assess the qualification and skills of overseas trained podiatrists for skilled migration to Australia or suitability to practice in Australia and New Zealand.
Assessment for Registration in Australia
On 9 August 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) was advised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Podiatry Board of Australia (Board) that from 1 July 2019, accreditation functions will no longer be exercised by ANZPAC. Instead, they will be exercised by a Committee of the Board.
In light of this decision, ANZPAC will not be accepting priority processing applications effective immediately. Applications for qualifications and skills assessment for migration and/or registration to either Australia or New Zealand will not be accepted after 17 May 2019.
Those applicants with a current assessment at that time will be finalised prior to 30 June 2019.
Overseas-qualified podiatrists* who wish to practice in Australia are required to submit Form S1-F Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Form and complete the requirements for a full assessment. Applicants are advised to read the Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Guide.
(*If you are a UK Podiatrist who obtained your initial Podiatry qualification prior to the current HCPC accreditation scheme and were grandfathered into the HCPC register you should contact ANZPAC on firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting your application.)
On completion of the assessment you will be advised if your qualifications and skills are “suitable” or “not suitable” for the purpose of applying for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia. This letter should be included with your application for registration and is valid for three (3) years from the date of issue.
ANZPAC accepts applications submitted via:
The standard processing time of an assessment for skilled migration can take up to four (4) weeks from the date ANZPAC receives your correctly completed application form and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form including full payment of the application fee.
The cost for a full assessment is $670 AUD. Candidates are advised to download the Stage 1 Desk Top Assessment Application Guide and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete or incorrect applications will result in delays in processing. Candidates who satisfy all of the Stage 1 Full Desk Top Assessment requirements do not need to complete the Stage 2 Practical Examination.
Candidates who do not satisfy the competent professional practice criterion will be offered the opportunity to sit the Stage 2 Practical Examination. Further information can be obtained from the Candidate Information Handbook for Stage 2 Practical Examination and the Stage 2 Application Form
Stage 2 Practical Assessments are scheduled for:
2019 dates will be advised here once confirmed.
English Language Requirement for Australia
From 1 July 2015 ANZPAC will no longer require candidates to provide evidence of English proficiency.
You do need to be aware that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will require you to provide evidence of English language proficiency to register as a podiatrist in Australia.
Go to http://www.podiatryboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx to find out more about AHPRA's English requirements.
The current English language requirements relating to visas should be researched at www.border.gov.au
Submitting supporting documents
Electronic Copies (Certification not required)
All documents submitted electronically must be scanned colour copies of the original document. This information offers you guidance in attaching documents to your email application.
ANZPAC is not able to accept files that have been compressed. A compressed file is a container for documents, programs or other files that have been packaged together and reduced in size.
A common example is files compressed using WinZip® with a ‘.zip’ file extension. If the document you are attempting to attach is too large we recommend that you create a PDF document.
What can you attach?
ANZPAC is only able to accept the following file formats:
The following table details the maximum number, size and allowable formats of files you are able to attach to your application: