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 New Zealand
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 New Zealand are required to submit a S1-NZ Desk Top Assessment of Qualifications and Skills in Podiatry for Migration Purposes (New Zealand) Application Form and complete the requirements for an assessment. Applicants are advised to read the guide Desk Top Assessment of Qualifications and Skills in Podiatry for Migration Purposes (New Zealand).
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 Podiatrists Board of New Zealand. This letter should be included with your application for registration and is valid for three (3) years from the date of issue.
In addition you will be required to complete the Professional Practice and Culture in the New Zealand context open book examination (OBE). On receipt of your application you will be sent a copy of the exam and reading material electronically. This exam must be completed and returned to ANZPAC before your assessment can be finalised.
ANZPAC accepts applications submitted via:
The standard processing time of an assessment can take up to four (4) weeks from the date ANZPAC receives your correctly completed application form, completed OBE and all the required documents exactly as stated in the form including full payment of the application fee.
The total cost for a full assessment is $945 AUD comprising $670 AUD for standard processing and $275 AUD for the OBE.
Candidates are advised to download the Stage 1 Full Desk Top Assessment Application Guide New Zealand and follow the instructions carefully. Incomplete or incorrect applications will result in delays in processing.
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:
English Language Requirement for New Zealand
All candidates must be able to demonstrate English language skills.
Candidates who do not have English as their first language must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes by achieving a minimum score of 7.5 overall and a minimum of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in the IELTS examination (academic module). Test results will generally need to be obtained within three (3) years prior to applying for assessment for registration.