A formal appeal process has been established. Please go to Appeals Process page for further information.

No, to find out who is authorised to certify documents see Department of Home Affair’s list of occupations that can certify.

DA can discuss applications with other people (ie: a family member or other agent) if the applicant authorises DA to do so.  Attach a signed letter authorising the person (by name) to act as your agent.

An assessment can take up to six weeks from the receipt of your application and required documentation.

Successful DSR candidates have up to 3 years to join the APD program from the date they receive confirmation they have successfully passed the final stage, failure to join during this period will result in the applicant having to re-complete the DSR process. This includes resitting any exams you may have passed under the first assessment.


No, there is no refund if you fail the assessment process.

No, DA staff are not able to provide advice about migration issues. To ensure the information and advice you receive regarding migration is correct, we recommend you contact the Department of Home Affairs.


Australian Qualified Dietitians

An assessment will be issued once DA has processed your application and verified that you have graduated from an accredited dietetics program.

No, DA assesses your skills and qualifications for the purpose of migration on the basis of evidence submitted with your application.

No, as long as you apply for skills assessment within two years of graduation.

No, DA is an Assessing Authority for the assessment and recognition of dietetic qualifications only.

The recognised credential for dietitians in the US is ‘Registered Dietitian’ or ‘RD’. If you’re an APD hoping to work as a dietitian in the US, information about the process towards gaining RD status can be found on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics website.

Licensing and registration requirements can differ between US States, the nutritionED.org website has some helpful information regarding registration/licensing requirements in each state, as well as job prospects for dietitians and nutritionists

Overseas Qualified Dietitians

A Skills Migration Assessment can be issued once you have passed the written multiple choice question (MCQ) exam.

Either the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET) in Dietetics. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on exam venues, DA is also accepting PTE Academic results obtained before 30 June 2021.

No, this requirement can only be met by completing a practical course/placement under supervision within your degree.

If you can demonstrate that the academic content of your 3 year sandwich course matches the Australian guidelines in relation to science and nutrition content (as per the sample Australian dietetic program outline found under DSR criteria 3.) the program may be assessed as meeting DA’s eligibility criteria. All applications are considered individually. It is your responsibility to review the requirements of this criterion before lodging an application.

Yes, candidates fail the assessment stage unless they meet all of the four criteria.

Until you have passed both the oral and written exams you are not eligible for membership of DA or the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Eligibility for APD status is a prerequisite of many dietetic positions in Australia and APD status is required for a Medicare/Veterans Affairs provider number and for provider status with many private health insurers.

Graduates of Australian accredited dietetics course have direct eligibility to apply for membership of the DA and the APD credential.

No, Australia does not have a dietetic internship system as some other countries do.

The DA would expect all Dietitians that are eligible for Registration/Credentialing in the country they obtained their qualification to be registered and a member of that countries Dietetic Association, especially if it is a requirement of that country to be registered to practice.

If the country you obtained your qualification from has a Registered Dietitian (RD) credential you will be expected to have that credential.


No, DA only conducts skills assessments for either overseas qualified dietitians or overseas residents who have graduated from an accredited dietetics course in Australia. We do not conduct skills assessments for nutritionists for the purpose of migration.

In Australia, all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists however, nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot take on the expert role of a dietitian. Please see ‘Dietitians in Australia‘ for further information.


Additional information regarding the Migration programs can be raised directly with the  Department of Home Affairs who oversee these programs. DA is unable to provide information on Migration programs or processes.

The SOL targets professions where there is an identified current or future shortage. Skills Australia, on behalf of the Government, has determined that there is no anticipated current or future shortage of dietetic graduates. With approximately 700 graduates per year in Australia this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future.

Dietitian is included on the ‘combined list’, this means applicants will require a State or Territory Government nomination to be eligible for certain visa applications.