Orthotist or Prosthetist – ANZSCO 251912
- Orthotists or Prosthetists design, build, fit, and repair splints, braces, callipers, artificial limbs, and related appliances to restore function or compensate for muscular and skeletal disabilities.
- Skill Level
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Orthotist or Prosthetist is Australasian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- There are two stages involved in the AOPA Skills Assessment process:
- Stage 1 – Desktop Review
- Stage 2 – Portfolio of Evidence
- Stage 1 – Desktop Review
- Qualification – Applicants must have a dual prosthetics and orthotics qualification that is equivalent to AQF level 7
- English Language Proficiency – Applicants must score a minimum of 7 in each component of the IETLS test
- Professional Registration/Recognition – Applicants must demonstrate unrestricted registration/license to practice in the country in which they have received their qualification, the country they are currently practicing in or any other country that they have conducted their practice in
- Recency of Practice Requirements – Applicants must demonstrate they have completed 1000 hours of practice over the last 5 years by submitting their CV
- Stage 2 – Portfolio of Evidence
- This portfolio is used to establish an applicant’s competence in relation to the AOPA Entry Level Competency Standards 2014
- Applicants can draw on all relevant clinical experience including current employment setting, previous clinical placements, and professional development
Did you know?
AOPA have detailed examples of the types of evidence that can be included in the applicant’s Portfolio of Evidence. This can be found in the AOPA Application Guidelines for Internationally Qualified Orthotist/Prosthetists on their website.
Potential Visa Pathways for Orthotist or Prosthetist
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium
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Group: 2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
- This unit group covers Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals not elsewhere classified.
It includes Health Promotion Officers and Orthotists or Prosthetists.
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.
- Occupations in this Group
- 251911 Health Promotion Officer
- 251912 Orthotist or Prosthetist
- 251999 Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec
How to calculate your points (skilled visas)
To apply for a skilled visa, you need to know how many points you can score. The minimum score to be eligible for application is 65 points. However, depending on your occupation, the competitiveness, and the states you are applying to, you might need to score more points to get an invite.
Points will be given to you based on the following:
- Educational Qualifications
- Points for Professional Year
- Points for NAATI- Credentialled Community Language
- Points for 2 Year Study
- Points for English
- Points for Regional Study
- Points for Work Experience
- Points for Specialist Educational Qualifications (STEM)
- Points for Partner
Click here to calculate your points.
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
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|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 18-month visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathway to Orthotist/Prosthetist
To become an Orthotist/Prosthetist you need a university degree in applied science or health science majoring in prosthetics and orthotics. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.
Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Duration: 4 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $190,400 AUD
- Academic entry requirements apply depending which country you obtained your qualifications
- English proficiency requirement – IELTS 7.0 with no band less than 6.5
- Diploma of Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Podiatry