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Occupational Therapist Career Information

Occupation statistics

10,200 occupational therapists in Australia1

1,428 occupational therapists in Victoria (14%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$1,2402

Average weekly hours 38.83

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information about this occupation.

An occupational therapist speaks with an older man about his treatment

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible occupational therapists and graduate occupational therapists. To be eligible to apply for nomination, occupational therapists must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.


Licensing and registration

To work as an occupational therapist in Victoria, you must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

For more information on registration, please contact:

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency
Telephone within Australia: 1300 419 495
Telephone outside Australia: 61 3 8708 9001
Email: Online enquiry form
Website: www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au

Tip

Think about applying for licensing and registration before you arrive in Australia, once you have your visa, as the process can take some time.


Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about occupational therapists in Victoria.

  • Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) represents practitioners across the country and has a Victorian branch. It also engages in advocacy work and sets professional standards.

Finding a job

Occupational therapists work in a variety of organisations including general and children's hospitals, nursing homes, schools, prisons, rehabilitation centres,  municipal councils, centres for people with an intellectual disability and independent living centres and community health care facilities. They may also be employed in private practice, as consultants or injury management advisers

Occupational therapists are employed across several industries including: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Financial and Insurance Services.3


Tip

We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.


To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in occupational therapists, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.


Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants



Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved April 2 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au