Occupational Therapy Australia has developed several resources for those within the OT workforce. These competency based resources are intended to support OTs and include Australian Competency Standards, Guidelines and job classification documents.

Australian occupational therapy competency standards
The competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practice safely and ethically. They apply to all occupational therapists working across all practice settings including within research, education, management and other roles not involving direct clinical care. They also specifically acknowledge the need for occupational therapists to enhance their cultural responsiveness and capabilities for practice with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other cultures.

The competency standards focus on four conceptual areas of occupational therapy practice:

  • professionalism
  • knowledge and learning
  • occupational therapy process
  • practice and communication

National practice standards for the mental health workforce 2013
Published by the Department of Health, these Standards state the capabilities that all mental health professionals should achieve in their work and  how mental health practitioners apply their skills and knowledge in their work with people, families, carers and communities.

A National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia
OTA were involved in the development of the Autism CRC’s National Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Australia. The Guideline aims to create greater consistency in diagnostic practices across the country to ensure individuals on the autism spectrum and their families can receive the optimal clinical care. The Guideline also emphasises the importance of listening to individuals and their families about the impact of the behaviours on family life. Visit the Autism CRC website for more information.

Victoria’s Health Workforce
Published by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services, this website provides information on the Victorian State Government’s workforce initiatives, including allied health recruitment and retention initiatives and projects. Also available on this website are a number of resources for education and training, strategy and planning and regulatory reform.

Victorian Healthcare Association
Established in 1938, the Victoria Healthcare Association (VHA) represents 96% of Victorian hospitals and community services supporting publicly funded healthcare providers to respond to system reform, shape policy and advocate on key issues.

Rural Locum Assistance Program (LAP)
Incorporating Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS), the Rural Obstetric and Anaesthetic Locum Scheme (ROALS) and the Rural Locum Education Assistance Programme (LEAP), Rural LAP aims to provide locum support for eligible GPs, specialists, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural and regional Australia to ensure consistent service delivery in their areas.

The Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)
Comprised of clinicians, academic educators and students, the ANZAHPE is the peak body for Australian and New Zealand practitioners involved in the education and training of health professionals. Formally ANZAME (Australian & New Zealand Association of Medical Education), ANZAHPE is a multidisciplinary organisation, encompassing undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education and training.

Occupational Therapy Work Re-entry Support Package
Developed by the Membership Committee of Occupational Therapy Australia (Victoria), this resource package aims to re-orientate qualified occupational therapists who have not been working actively in the profession for a number of years to the practices and processes underpinning current occupational therapy practice in Victoria.

This document is intended to be a resource as a provision of information to assist occupational therapists as they return to the workforce. It is NOT intended to be a measure of competencies or knowledge required to return to occupational therapy practice.


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