Overseas educated dietitians – Assessment Stage

Assessment of Eligibility to sit the DA Examinations in Dietetics (overseas qualified dietitians)

This section is for NEW Dietetic Skills Recognition candidates only.

Please refer to the Dietetic Skills Recognition Criteria.

Please note DA does not have the authority to assess applications for a Skills Assessment for Migration Purposes for nutritionists who are not dietitians.

The information in the application form is collected by the Dietitians Australia (DAA) for the purpose of assessing your eligibility to undertake an examination in dietetics. All personal information will be handled confidentially in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (as amended 2001). Details may be verified with or provided to other agencies where necessary or required by law.

This is an application to assess your eligibility to undertake an examination in dietetics. It is not an application to sit an examination; this will be made available to you if you are assessed as eligible. DA assesses your eligibility to undertake the examinations in dietetics by checking that you have the required qualifications to practise dietetics in your country of qualification, and that your professional education and experience is of a standard that would adequately prepare you to practise in Australia. The standards and processes for assessment are established and maintained by the Australian Dietetics Council.

Who should apply for an assessment of eligibility?

You need to apply for an assessment of eligibility if you plan to undertake the examination for overseas qualified dietitians.  This examination is required if you want to practise dietetics as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in Australia.

This application is not to be used if you want your overseas qualification assessed in general educational terms for comparability to an Australian award. If you are seeking this type of assessment, contact the Department of Education and Training, Qualification Recognition Policy (QRP) section for more information. Please note, the QRP assessment will not allow you to practise as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) in Australia.

Completing the application for an assessment of eligibility

  • Read all the information available to you regarding the dietetic skills recognition process on this website.
  • Answer all questions in English.

Supporting documentation required by DA

The following documents must be provided with your application. Your application for an assessment of eligibility will not be processed until all necessary documentation is received. Only certified copies will be accepted (copies of certified copies will not be accepted), please do not send originals . See certification of documents below.

NOTE: Requirements 2 to 4 are not mandatory if your dietetic qualification was obtained in the last 3 years.

  1. Certified copies of evidence of your current registration, recognition or licence to practise OR evidence you are eligible for registration/credentialing/licencing.
  2. Evidence of employment in your profession over the last three years, i.e. a summary or letters from employers indicating the following:-
    • the dates of each period of employment (indicate full-time or part-time)
    • the name of the employer, and country location and the nature of the business
    • your job title and description
    • the nature of your work, including most important tasks performed or projects completed
  3. Two references from employers, or, if self-employed, two references from professional colleagues attesting to your professional competence
  4. A copy of your current CV
  5. Certified copies of your qualification papers/award (such as degree, diploma, certificates etc.) in the original language and a translated copy;
  6. Certified copies of your transcripts of completed dietetic tertiary courses showing subjects (specifically physiology, biochemistry and practical placements), hours, and examination results, in the original language and a translated copy;
  7. Certified copies of evidence of dietetic internship/professional practice placement (ie letters or certificates from the supervising tertiary institution or the placement organisation);
  8. Two officially certified recent passport-size photographs of yourself, endorsed on the reverse with name and signature of official. See certification of documents below. These are required for identification purposed when sitting the examinations.

and, where applicable;

  1. Certified copies of evidence of passes in English language test either OET or IELTS (PTE Academic will be accepted until 31 December 2020)
  2. Certified copies of evidence of change of name, e.g. a marriage certificate (only if the name on your documents is different from your current name)

You must also send certified copies of official translations into English of any of the documents above which are issued in languages other than English.

If forged, altered or falsified documents are submitted to DA, no assessment will be provided and your assessment fee will not be refunded.

If you cannot obtain the required documents, you should email the DA at dsr@dietitiansaustralia.org.au for advice before proceeding as applicants will be assessed as ineligible to sit the examination if they cannot demonstrate that they meet all the necessary criteria.  There will be no refunds for applications that are lodged without all required supporting documentation.

If an assessment is not completed within 6 months due to insufficient or unacceptable documentation being provided, the application will be rejected and fees will be forfeited, no refunds will be provided.

Certification of documents

All copies of original documents must be clearly authorised as true copies of the original by an appropriate person ie, a person or agency recognised by law of the country the documents are certified in.

In Australia documents can be certified by any authorised person from the Department of Home Affair’s Occupations that can certify documents list.

Outside Australia a person or agency qualified to certify documents for a visa/passport application would be appropriate. Please note, we do not accept certification from Migration agents.

To have copies certifies, both the original and the copy of the document must be presented to the person carrying out the certification. Each copy of the document must be certified separately and mush show clearly:

  • the words “certified true copy of the original” (Photo: “this is a true photo of …….”)
  • the signature of the certifying officer, and
  • the name and address or provider/registration number of the official legibly printed below the signature. It must be possible for the DA to contact the certifying office if required.


Fees for Dietetic Skills Recognition services are non-refundable. In addition to a fee for the Assessment of Eligibility, there is a separate fee for each of the examinations. All DSR fees will be reviewed annually on 1 April.

All costs of preparing and submitting an application must be met by the applicant.

Waiting time for assessment

An assessment of eligibility may take up to six weeks to process from the date of payment and all documentation is received. Please do not telephone to check on the progress of your assessment.  When complete, your assessment result will be forwarded by email.


Australia’s privacy legislation prohibits DA from discussing your application with other people unless you authorise us to do so. If you want someone such as a family member or other agent to deal with DA on your behalf, you need to send a letter signed by you authorising this person (by name) to act as your agent.


If you are assessed as not eligible to undertake the oral and written examinations in dietetics, you may appeal this decision. Please read the information on Appeals.

The next steps after an eligibility assessment

Once you have been assessed as eligible you are able to apply to sit the MCQ examination in dietetics. Check the information on examination fees, venues and dates.

Need more information

All enquiries concerning the assessment/recognition processes for overseas qualified dietitians should be directed to the DSR Administrator at dsr@dietitiansaustralia.org.au.

DA offers the following payment options:

Due to a system upgrade across the DA database, we will be unable to process any online payments via the website application system from Saturday 23 May 2020 until Monday 29 June 2020.

If you are planning on applying for a Dietetic Skills Recognition assessment you can either submit your application online before Friday 22 May 2020 or after 26 June 2020, OR you can contact the DSR Administrator at dsr@dietitiansaustralia.org.au and request a ‘hard copy’ application form. Applications received after 15 May will be for eligibility to