What are the national competency standards?
Our competency standards outline what is expected of a dietitian in Australia.
They describe the skills, care and diligence required by a competent dietitian.
These standards underpin our accreditation of dietetic education and assessment programs. The competency standards can be used as guidelines for dietitians wanting to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Learn more about our APD credential.
The standards list 57 criteria of observable or measurable actions under each of the 4 key roles.
positively influencing the health of individuals, groups and/or populations to achieve nutrition outcomes
applying critical thinking and integrates evidence into practice
collaborating with clients and stakeholders
Read the National Competency Standards.
Standards with implementation guide
This document extends the standards to include implementation advice that:
defines key terms used in the performance criteria
shows sample strategies to support the development of competence
comments on evidence of competency for entry-level dietitians
Read the standards with guide.
Updating the standards
The standards were first published in 1993.
They were reviewed in:
A national review was completed in 2014 and we conducted a consultative process in 2015.
The information gained helped us revise the standards.
When we review the standards, we follow a revision process.