Becoming a dietitian in Australia

To become a dietitian and be eligible to join Dietitians Australia (DA) and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program you must complete a university-level dietetics program accredited by Dietitians Australia.

Dietitians Australia is responsible for the accreditation of dietetic programs in Australia and maintains a list that includes both undergraduate bachelor and post-graduate accredited programs. All accredited dietetics programs are considered ‘entry-level’ in to the profession. Any enquiries regarding the programs listed should be directed to the University you are interested in attending. It is also a good idea to research the job market to ensure you are fully aware of your potential career opportunities.

TAFE and short courses

Please note that there are numerous nutrition study programs available at TAFE and University that are not eligible for accreditation with Dietitians Australia. Completing a program such as this will not provide you with eligibility to join Dietitians Australia or the APD program.

How do I decide which program to study?

If you have not completed any tertiary study previously you will need to complete an undergraduate program. If you have already completed an undergraduate program and are interested in postgraduate dietetics study, contact the University to discuss eligible undergraduate degrees for entry. Our accreditation rules require entrants to a postgraduate program to have completed strict pre-requisite requirements. Please note that only the University delivering the postgraduate program can confirm entry to the program.

Can I do work experience while studying?

Opportunities for dietetic work experience are usually limited because of client privacy, confidentiality and both student and client safety. Dietitians may only be able to accept applications for practical placements from students enrolled in an Australian accredited dietetics program.

Overseas qualifications

If you are a qualified dietitian in a country other than Australia, you may have to complete Dietetic Skills Recognition to enable you to be eligible to become a member of Dietitians Australia.

Contact us

For questions relating to studying to become a dietitian in Australia, please email arjadmin@dietitiansaustralia.org.au.