English Language Proficiency

Competence in verbal, written and scientific use of the English language is essential to the practice of dietetics in Australia.

All dietitians who are applying for a skills assessment for the purpose of migration or an Assessment of Eligibility to Sit DA Examinations in Dietetics must prove English Language Proficiency.

The English Language Proficiency Test is waived where applicants have either completed a tertiary education program of at least four years (or equivalent) leading to a degree or post-graduate diploma in dietetics in one of the following countries:-

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
  • Canada (except Quebec).


Completed an accredited dietetics degree in Australia within the two years prior to application.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you will need to successfully pass one of the two English Language Proficiency Tests listed below.

English Language Proficiency Test – OET, IELTS Academic or PTE Academic

We recommend you sit the English test before you apply for assessment of eligibility to sit the DSR examinations.

The DA will only accept IELTS, OET or PTE results. The acceptance of PTE academic results has been extended until 31 December 2021.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (Academic Module) A minimum score of seven (7) in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) with an Overall Band Score of seven (7) is required.

For information about the IELTS contact:

IELTS Australia
GPO Box 2006
T: 61 2 6285 8222
F: 61 2 6285 3233
E: ielts@idp.com


Occupational English Test (OET) in Dietetics A minimum of 350 (B) in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

For information about the OET contact:

The OET Centre
GPO Box 372
Melbourne VICTORIA 3001, Australia
T: + 61 3 9825 3800
E: oet@oet.com.au

If the OET exam components are taken on different dates the expiry date will be taken from the earliest exam undertaken.


PTE Academic – Pearson English Language A minimum of 65 in each of the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Pearson PTE

Currency of English Language Tests

The results of these tests are only current for two (2) years.  You must have a current English Language Test result at the time of applying for an Assessment of Eligibility to sit DA Examinations in Dietetics and at the time of sitting both the MCQ and Oral examinations.