Osteopathy Board of Australia
Osteopathy Board of Australia


Osteopaths must be registered with the Board and meet the Osteopathy Board of Australia's registration standards in order to practise in Australia.

Registering as an osteopath in Australia

Registration types

The osteopathy registration types are:

  • general registration
  • limited registration
  • provisional registration 
  • non-practising registration
  • student registration

Registration process

Information on the registration process is available on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.


Endorsement of registration identifies practitioners with additional qualifications and specific expertise. The endorsement for osteopathy is:

  • acupuncture

Overseas practitioners

For more information on registration of overseas practitioners, please go to the overseas qualified osteopaths page.

Registration renewal

The registration renewal date for the osteopathy profession is 30 November - the annual renewal date for the profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Osteopaths can check their details and registration expiry date on the National Registers of Practitioners.

You will be sent a reminder when your registration is due. Look out for this as confirmation that you can renew online. See Fees for cost of annual renewal.

See FAQ and Fact Sheets for information on renewal. To renew your registration, go to the AHPRA login page.


Who is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports the 14 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

AHPRA and the National Boards work together to register and renew health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.

AHPRA's operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to on our sites as ‘the National Law’.

All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners which is managed by AHPRA.

Find out more about AHPRA.

Page reviewed 2/04/2015