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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (the Board) requires all applicants for registration1 to demonstrate English language skills to be suitable for registration.
This registration standard sets out how an applicant for registration can demonstrate to the Board that their competency in speaking and communicating in English is sufficient to practise as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.
This registration standard applies to all applicants for registration.
It does not apply if you are applying for non-practising registration or if you are a student.
If you are applying for registration you must demonstrate your English language competency through:
You will be required to provide a certified copy of your qualification upon application for registration.
The Board retains the power to require further evidence of English language skills under section 80 of the National Law. This may include formal testing of English language proficiency in accordance with the Australia Core Skills Framework2.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners will only be trained in Australia.
Further information about the evidence that applicants must provide to the Board to prove that they meet this standard is set out in the application form.
This registration standard was approved by the Ministerial Council on 30 June 2019.
Registration standards are developed under section 38 of the National Law and are subject to wide-ranging consultation.
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner means a person registered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board. The practitioner may use the titles:
Approved program of study means an accredited program of study approved by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia under section 49(1) of the National Law and published in the Board’s list of approved programs of study on the Board’s website.
Certificate IV or higher means vocational education taught and assessed in English in Australia where:
National Law means the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory. Registration means:
Student means a student currently registered under the National Law.
This registration standard will be reviewed from time to time as required. This will generally be at least every five years.
Last reviewed: 1 December 2019.
This standard replaces the previously published registration standard dated 1 July 2012.