Here is latest news from the Council of Occupational Therapists Registration Boards (Aust & NZ) Inc:
The office of COTRB has received a large number of enquires from overseas trained occupational therapists who have migrated to Australia following a “suitable” Stage I Desk Top Application but have failed to complete the Stage 2 Practice Audit requirement within the time allowed.
From 1 July 2009 the Council has required these persons, before undertaking a practice audit, to undergo a review of their current ability to meet the assessment requirements.
The current documentation required to accompany an application for review is –
- Current English language proficiency requirements (within the last 2 years)
- Current reference (within preceding 12 months)
- Certificate of Good Standing (if applicable)
The review applies only to persons who do not have an expiry date on their “suitable letter” or wish to apply for a Stage 2 Practice Audit after the expiry date shown on their “suitable letter” has expired.
The OQAC of the Council has reviewed this policy and will accept from 16 February 2010 to 16 February 2011 an English Language test (IELTS or OET) undertaken within a two year period of their “suitable letter” being issued which meets the Council’s requirements. This variation applies only to persons who do not have an expiry date on their “suitable letter” (and wish to undertake a practice audit) and have practised as an occupational therapist in Australia within the past two years. Evidence of practise is required with the review application.