State-based regulation was introduced in 1978, however since July 2010 a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions has regulated osteopaths as a primary contact profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency administers this Act in order to regulate the 14 registered health professions.
The Osteopathy Board of Australia is the statutory body charged with granting registration to practise as an osteopath.
Osteopathy in Australia is part of mainstream healthcare.
Entry level to practise as an osteopath is a Bachelor of Applied Science plus a Master's degree in osteopathy, typically requiring five years' full-time study, including a significant clinical component. Three universities offer courses.
For UK-trained osteopaths there are two different registration processes, depending on the date of qualification. A 'fast track' competent authority pathway is available for those osteopaths who qualified after 2000, while a more conventional process is open to those who qualified pre-2000 which includes a practical and written assessment.
Osteopathy Board of Australia
Contact: Dr Nikole Grbin (Chair)
Australian Health Practitioner's Regulation Agency
GPO Box 9958
+61 7 38708 9318
In April 2016 the UK's General Osteopathic Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council in order to 'promote the exchange of information, streamline regulatory processes, share best practice and related activities between international regulators of the osteopathic profession.'
Contact: Antony Nicholas, Executive Director
Suite 4, 11 Railway Street
New South Wales 2067
+61 2 9410 0099