Early Career Launchpad


OTA Early Career Launchpad

Connect with your peers & profession as you launch into your new career

Launch into your new career path with confidence! OTA's Early Career Launchpad is the place to connect with your peers & your profession, develop your professional skills, discover & access the benefits of OTA membership, and find answers to common questions about working in OT.


Supporting your career transition

Transitioning from student to qualified OT is an exciting time and OTA is here to support you.

Watch the video to find out about the #BenefitsofBelonging and staying connected.

Early Career Practice Principles Document-Consultation Workshops

Findings from the OTA Workforce Development Project found that there were inconsistencies in the experiences of new graduates and early career OT’s. While some early career OT’s reported very positive experiences in their transition to practice, others reported feeling under supported and overwhelmed. One of the actions under the new OTA Workforce Development Plan is to develop Early Career Practice Principles Document that outlines what a good transition to practice looks like for early career therapists in terms of supports required etc.

We want to ensure the document reflects the expectations of the broader profession and will be holding consultation workshops in July. We are looking to have broad representation from OT’s at all career stages, practice settings, locations etc.

The following workshops are open for registrations:

  • Workshop for academics/universities: Monday 22nd July, 11.00am-12.00pm Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, QLD // 10.30am-11.30am SA, NT // 9am-10am WA
  • Workshop for graduates and early career therapists (0-5years post graduation): Monday 22nd July, 4pm-5pm Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, QLD // 3.30am-4.30am SA, NT // 2pm-3pm WA
  • Workshop for OT's 5+ years post graduation: Wednesday 24th July, 12pm-1pm Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT, QLD // 11.30am-12.30am SA, NT // 10am-11am WA

Click the button to register for the workshops.

OTA members and non-members are welcome to join. While we know that some OT’s are employed or supervised by non-OT’s we are seeking representatives from the OT profession only at this stage.


Connect with your OT peers. Join OTA's Early Career Community of Practice

Join OTA's Early Career Community of Practice to connect with your early career OT peers in a friendly, supportive space.

Designed and led by early-career OTs, this community is available exclusively to early-career OTA members and is a free benefit of your OTA membership.

The community of practice is recommended for OT's between 0-5 years post graduation.

As a member of this Community of Practice, you will have access to:

  • Free live online sessions lead by other early career OTs. These will be presentations or discussions focused on a particular topic.
  • An online chat forum in Microsoft Teams. Here you can ask any questions, share resources, and connect with other early career OTs.
  • Email updates with information and resources for early career OTs.

Join today!



Want to learn?

Early Career Modules

Online Learning

Time Management

Health care is a complex environment and time management can be challenging. There is always more work to do and there are often short time frames to work with. Honing your time management skills will allow you to provide efficient and effective care to the people who most need it and enable you to be a productive team member.

Online Learning

Professional Supervision

Supervision is essential for our development as professionals. Supervision focuses on specific case and workload management in order to maintain safety, standards, and compliance within an organisation and profession, with a secondary aim around development. As a clinician you should make a strong commitment to supervision to get the most out of these experiences.

Online Learning

Registration Requirements & Professional Standards

This course covers essential information for all occupational therapists. You will find tips and resources to help you meet practice standards and key registration requirements for occupational therapist. As a professional it is your responsibility to ensure you are compliant with these requirements in your practice as an OT.

Got time to watch something?

Early Career Webinars

Members-only resource

Record Keeping

Members-only resource

Burnout prevention with Toni Knight

Need Information?

OTA Resources


Tip Sheet

Factsheet on Recordkeeping

Maurice Blackburn have developed a fact sheet on clinical documentation & record keeping from a legal perspective.


Tip Sheet

Early Career Checklist

This checklist covers some essentials all therapists should know to ensure high quality and safe care in any new role.


Documents & Publications

Professional Practice Documents

OTA works with experts in the field to produce formal documents based on the best available evidence to provide guidance on professional practice issues


Documents & Publications

OT Journals & Connections

As part of your membership, you have full access to a collection of high quality Occupational Therapy Journals from all over the world.



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WFOT Membership

Activate your WFOT Membership

As part of your membership with OTA, you also receive a membership with WFOT.


Need to Upskill?


As an OT it is important to ensure the CPD you complete is high quality and comes from a reputable source. All OTA’s CPD is reviewed by a peer review panel prior to its release to ensure it is highly relevant and evidence based. The OTA CPD tracker will help you keep a record of your CPD to meet AHPRA registration requirements.


Join an Interest Group

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Need help?

Get Support


Consult with OTA partners on insurance, legal concerns, or HR issues such as understanding your employment contract

Access a free consultation with OTA partners and talk to Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, get HR advice from WorkPlacePLUS, and gain insurance discounts via Aon.


Submit a professional practice query

Practice Queries are answered by OTA professional practice advisors who are experienced occupational therapists working across a variety of projects and initiatives for the membership. They provide general, in principle opinions on topics related to professional practice.


Seek supervision

Your supervisor can provide clinical support and assist you with specific clinical questions. If you do not have access to a OT supervisor you can use the OTA Find an OT search function to identify OT’s who may be willing to support you (look under Professional Supervision as the area of practice).

Need answers?

Frequently asked questions

I’m an OT Student awaiting registration, can I work as an AHA?

Before you start practising as an occupational therapist, you must be registered with Ahpra. You cannot use the title “occupational therapist” unless your name appears on Ahpra's register of practitioners.

You can work as an allied health assistant (AHA) under the direct supervision of a qualified OT. While working as an AHA, you must work within the scope of an AHA only- refer to your state's or territory's Allied Health Assistant Framework.

Is it mandatory that I have clinical supervision?

OTA strongly recommends regular supervision for best practice and to meet the Ahpra competency requirements.

The frequency may vary across individual needs and determined between the supervisor and supervisee (refer to the OTA Supervision Framework).

How can I access OT supervision/support if it is not available in my workplace?

If you do not have access to OT specific supervision, then you could look at outsourcing supervision. You can use the OTA Find an OT search function to identify OT’s who may be willing to support you (look under Professional Supervision as the area of practice).

To complement your supervision, other options to ensure you remain up to date and practicing effectively are to:

  • Complete relevant professional development. You can find the CPD OTA offers here
  • Be proactive in discussing your support needs with your manager
  • Link with your peers, in similar areas of practice, via meetings in your area.
  • Join relevant interest groups
  • Link with your OT peers through networking events, social media etc.
I’m a new graduate and registered part way through the CPD cycle, do I need to obtain 20 hours of CPD?

The Ahpra website has all the information you need to know regarding the requirements to meet the CPD standards.

It states that "If you register part-way through a registration period you must complete five hours of CPD for every three months of registration remaining in the registration period".

How do I tell if something is within OT Scope of practice?

As a general rule, we suggest that something is within OT scope of practice if:

  • It is usually taught at undergraduate/pre-registration level to OT students.
  • OR If it isn’t taught at undergraduate/preregistration level, the OT has completed recognised or accredited training in the modality or approach.
  • AND It is clearly linked to an occupational performance treatment or intervention plan which focuses on enabling participation in the usual and meaningful activities and occupations of life.
  • AND It is not within the scope of another registered allied health professional.

If an activity/intervention etc is not included in undergraduate or graduate occupational therapy course, then to be considered within scope of practice of an OT:

  • The practitioner must have completed a recognised training course at a suitable level
  • The practitioner must be using the modality within an occupational performance / occupational engagement capacity, for it to be part of occupational therapy practice and recognised by insurers and our registration body.

It is important to note that even if an activity is within OT scope of practice, you still need to ensure it is within your clinical competence. You will need to inform your Professional Indemnity Insurer if there are concerns regarding scope of practice or additional insurance requirements. You will find more information in the OTA Scope of Practice Framework.

I am looking at a role in private practice, how do I know if the pay and contract I have been offered is fair?

OTA has a partnership with WorkplacePLUS which enables any OTA member to be eligible for a free initial phone consultation on HR and industrial relation issues (including as an employee). You can find more information on the partnership and WorkplacePLUS contact details here.

Other suggestions for reviewing your employment contract include:

  • Cross reference your letter of engagement and contract with your position description and the original job advertisement
  • Check that the job title, description, grade and salary scale included in the contract match the requirements of the job
  • Check the conditions of the probationary period
  • Check the employee entitlements the contract is based on
    • Start date
    • Working hours (including options of flexible working hours
    • Where the job is based (single or multiple sites)
    • Holidays
    • Personal leave
    • Carers leave
    • Notice period
    • Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures in place in the workplace
    • Restrictive clauses (Most relevant to private practice, e.g. limiting your capacity to work for a competitor, poach clients and/or suppliers when you leave their employment).
    • Superannuation
  • Refer to Fair Work Australia’s National Employment Standards for guidance on minimum entitlements if no award is stated
  • Refer to Public Health Salaries posted on respective State Department of Health Websites
  • Connecting with peers in similar positions will also give a benchmark of conditions/salaries.
  • If you have any questions about your contract, contact the organisation’s Human Resources department for clarification

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