Australian occupational therapy competency standards (AOTCS) 2018 are published

On 20 February 2018 the Board published the new Australian occupational therapy competency standards (the competency standards) which take effect from 1 January 2019.

The new competency standards outline the professional behaviours that all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practice. These standards apply to all occupational therapists whether you are working in research, education, management or a role that may not involve direct care.

The Board has begun further promotional work to support the new competency standards when they take effect in January 2019. While this work is in its early stages, the Board is keen to engage with you all about the new competency standards and what they mean for you.

If you have any feedback on the new standards, please send your thoughts to Your feedback will further inform the Board’s work to help occupational therapists’ understand and adopt the new competency standards into their practice.