All psychologists are required to demonstrate competence in Australian ethical, legal and professional matters and working with diverse groups of people in an Australian context. These skills and knowledge are essential for safe and effective practice in the Australian context.
Overseas-trained psychologists are required to demonstrate these capabilities in a practical setting under the supervision of a registered Australian psychologist who is a Board approved supervisor - ‘the transitional program', and by passing the national psychology exam.
The competency areas in which overseas-trained psychologists must demonstrate knowledge and competence to practice in the Australian context are detailed in the Guidelines: transitional programs for overseas qualified applicants.
Applicants who meet all the qualification and supervised practice requirements for general registration in Australia, except for the competencies specific to the Australian context are required to do a transitional program.
This is determined by the outcome of an assessment of your qualifications completed in the assessment of an application for provisional registration - Form APOS-76.
You generally need to do a transitional program if you are assessed as having completed the equivalent of a six year sequence of education and training in Australia.
You may continue to practise as a provisional psychologist while waiting for your application for general registration to be approved provided you continue to receive regular supervision.
The transitional program requires: