Dietitians are trained to give expert nutrition advice to individuals, groups and organisations. They work in a broad range of practice areas.

Our role statements describe the skills and knowledge of a dietitian working in a specific area of practice.

Accredited Practising Dietitians

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are nutrition professionals with at least 4 years of university training. They have the qualifications and skills to provide expert nutrition and dietary advice.

Dietitians work in a diverse range of settings. This includes clinics, hospitals, the food industry, sporting bodies, public health and media.

Our national competency standards outline what is expected of a dietitian in Australia. They describe the skills, care and diligence of a competent dietitian.

APDs also work in a range of practice areas. Our role statements outline the role of an APD working in a specific area of practice.

Role statements

Within a particular practice area, an APD's skills and knowledge will range from entry level to highly skilled.

For each practice area, our role statements:

  • outline and summarise the key skills and knowledge of an APD
  • advocate for dietetic involvement within the practice area
  • guide professional development for APDs
Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are Australia's most trusted dietetics professionals. Find out the benefits of becoming an APD and how to join the APD Program.
Dietitians treat a range of health conditions. They understand how nutrition affects the body and will give you expert nutrition and dietary advice.
Our Scope of Practice defines the role of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and supports decisions around practice through the use of a decision making framework.