As a dietitian, you'll be a healthcare professional — an expert in nutrition and dietetics. You could work in many clinical and non-clinical settings: aged care, health policy, private practice, public health and research.

Some dietitians work alone. Others work with healthcare professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.

In Australia, all dietitians are nutritionists. But not all nutritionists can call themselves a dietitian. Learn about the difference between nutritionists and dietitians.

Credentialing and membership

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are Australia's most trusted dietetic professionals. To become a credentialed dietitian in Australia you need to join our APD program. It's the national credentialing program for dietitians in Australia.

Dietitians Australia is a supportive and inspiring community of more than 8000 members. As a Dietitians Australia member, you will be a part of Australia's largest professional organisation for people working in dietetics and nutrition.

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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.
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Join our community of dietetic professionals as a member of Dietitians Australia. You'll enjoy access to many career-building resources to help your practice.

Becoming a dietitian and your professional standards

You need to hold a degree accredited by Dietitians Australia to be an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and member of Dietitians Australia.

To work as an APD you must also follow our professional standards including our National Competency Standards, Code of Conduct and Scope of Practice.

A full list of dietetics programs accredited by Dietitians Australia. You usually need an accredited degree to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).
Our professional standards and scope of work for dietitians working in Australia. Our standards ensure dietitians deliver high-quality dietetic services.
These standards describe the function of a dietitian working in Australia. We use the standards to accredit dietetic education and assessment programs. You can use them to understand the dietetic skills needed in Australian health care.
Our Code of Conduct sets out our expectations for the professional behaviour of Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs).

Continued learning and professional development

All APD's need to complete continued professional development (CPD). Dietitians Australia supports professional development through our education centre which offers: courses, webinars, podcasts and events.

As a Dietitians Australia member, you will also have free access to our journal and resource library of up-to-date research. Some resources are available to non-members, but fees may apply.

Each year the Dietitians Australia Conference welcomes dietitians, nutritionists and nutrition scientists from across Australia and overseas each year to learn and network together. The theme for 2022 — Be Bold: nurture, extend and emerge.

Build your dietetics skills and knowledge with our high-quality professional development courses, webinars and events for dietitians and health professionals.
We help Australia's dietitians keep up to date with the latest in evidence-based nutrition and dietetics research. Members have free access to most resources.
2022 Dietitians Australia Conference

Skills recognition in Australia

We're Australia's skills assessing authority for dietitians. Our role is to make sure dietitians who practise in Australia deliver safe, ethical and evidence-based services.

We offer skills recognition and assessment services for:

  • overseas-qualified dietitians who want to work in Australia
  • Australian qualified dietitians who need a skills assessment to migrate to Australia
Discover our skills recognition services for dietitians to migrate to or work in Australia, including Dietetic Skills Recognition (DSR) and skills assessments.
Find out how dietitians with overseas qualifications can apply for Dietetic Skills Recognition (DSR) to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian in Australia.
A mutual recognition agreement recognises your training and experience as eligible to work in the country. Find out who we have a mutual recognition agreement with.
We're Australia's official skills assessing authority for dietitians. If you want to work in Australia, you can apply to us for a skills migration assessment.

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