You must apply as an overseas qualified applicant if you have:
- obtained an initial Chinese medicine qualification in a country outside Australia
- not completed an approved qualification leading to registration in Australia, and
- not held registration in Australia before
To work as a Chinese medicine practitioner in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board). You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department).
More information on visa applications, including skills assessments is available on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Applicants are required to pay an application fee and a registration fee. All the Board’s fees are published on the schedule of fees
Registration and employment as a Chinese medicine practitioner in Australia
You must hold registration with the Board prior to taking up practice or employment as an acupuncturist, Chinese herbal medicine practitioner or Chinese herbal dispenser in Australia. We recommend that you do not apply for work or set up a practice until your registration eligibility is assessed and confirmed. Please note AHPRA and the Board cannot assist you in seeking employment or influence employment outcomes.
Recommended pathway to registration in Australia for overseas qualified Chinese medicine practitioners
Assess your ability to meet the registration requirements
Assess your ability to meet any immigration requirements
The Board will assess whether you meet the requirements for registration
Granted general registration
Find out more about meeting the registration requirements and applying for registration.
Further information is also available on the fact sheets and FAQ and on the overseas practitioners page of the AHPRA website.