Overseas Assessments

Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Overseas Assessments

Are you planning to pursue a career in Medical Radiation Science in Australia and are applying with qualifications gained from an overseas institution?

Click on the below options to learn more:

Pre-Approved Courses - Accredited Overseas Courses Migration Assessment
English Language Requirements Appeal Process

 

Download an ASMIRT Skills Assessment Application July 2019

 

The following section contains information in relation to: 

  • overseas applicants applying with overseas qualifications, wishing to practise in Australia within the disciplines of Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, and Ultrasound (Sonography).
  • overseas applicants who have graduated with ASMIRT accredited overseas qualifications, wishing to practise in Australia within the disciplines of Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, and Ultrasound (Sonography).

Email any enquires in relation to this process to osassess@asmirt.org


Pre-Approved Courses - Accredited Overseas Courses 


Selected international programmes in Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy have been approved by the ASMIRT, allowing graduates to obtain an accelerated assessment of their eligibility for accreditation.These include those degree courses from New Zealand only. Currently there are no other pre approved courses from any other country on this list.

Graduates from these approved courses are able to apply via a direct application for an ASMIRT Statement of Qualification - ASMIRT OQAP Short NZ July 2019. Applicants using this pathway must have at least one year (full-time equivalent) of clinical experience in their country of origin before applying. This clinical experience must have been completed within the past five years.

Graduates from ASAR approved courses are able to apply via a direct application for an ASMIRT Recognition in Ultrasound 2019

 

Please refer to the following link for information in relation to demonstration of English language proficiency. Please note that ALL applicants must provide appropriate evidence of their English language proficiency.

Only fully completed applications with all the required supporting documentation will be considered. Supporting documentation should be certified* copies. Please do not send original documents as these cannot be returned.
Letters verifying the applicant’s clinical experience from both past and present employers must be included in the application. The employers’ letters must:
• State the date range of the applicant’s employment
• State the hours of employment per week
• Indicate the full range of modalities performed during the applicant’s employment
• Indicate the time period spent by the applicant in each modality. This may be actual time spent or the proportion (expressed in percentages) each modality represented of the applicant’s role
• Be signed by the Department Chief, Head of Department, Chief or Superintendent Radiographer/Radiation Therapist or similar
• Be prepared on official, formal organisational letterhead paper

Applications involving pre-approved courses will be dealt with in a shorter timeline and an applicant should receive advice of the outcome within one month of receipt. Incomplete applications that do not include all the required documentation may take considerably longer to assess.

The fee for this assessment is AUD$278.00 and payment must be included with the application. Refer to the application form for methods of payment. Accepted forms of payment are bank cheque drawn in Australian dollars, MasterCard, Visa Card or American Express. Cheques must be made payable to the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy and drawn on an Australian Bank. Overseas currency will not be accepted. Please do not send cash.

*What is meant by certified copy? (Note: This may also be referred to as a notarised copy)
Certified/notarised copy of a document means a copy authorised or stamped as being a true and correct copy of the original document by a person or agency recognised by the law of your country to do so. In Australia, this includes a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations or a person before whom a statutory declaration may be made, such as accountant, lawyer, medical doctor or police officer.

 

Migration Assessment 


A migration assessment with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) is the evaluation of qualifications and employment in radiography, radiation therapy and sonography for the purpose of migrating to Australia.

The following section contains information in relation to making an Application to the Overseas Qualification Assessment Panel (OQAP) for Assessment of Qualifications Gained outside Australia in Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology, Radiation Therapy or Ultrasound.

Please note: All applications are assessed on an individual basis with due diligence.

Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology or Radiation Therapy qualifications gained outside Australia are not immediately accepted or recognised for issue of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) Validated Statement of Accreditation which is required for eligibility to ASMIRT membership and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for migration purposes. The ASMIRT Validated Statement of Accreditation and corresponding skills assessment letter is required for immigration purposes in the skilled migration program.

Ultrasound qualifications gained outside Australia are not immediately accepted and recognised for registration in Australia. The ASMIRT assesses the qualifications gained outside Australia for Ultrasound and issues a Certificate of Recognition in Ultrasound. This Certificate is required for registration with the Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for migration purposes. The Certificate of Recognition in Ultrasound and corresponding skills assessment letter is required for immigration purposes in the skilled migration program.

The ASMIRT has been authorised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to assess and issue skills assessments for the following occupations:

ANZSCO Code 251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
ANZSCO Code 251212 Radiation Therapist
ANZSCO Code 251214 Sonographer
For further information regarding migration refer to the Australian Government Dept of Home Affairs website.


To be eligible to migrate to Australia, you:

  • Must have qualifications gained outside Australia assessed for equivalence to the Australian standard at the time of qualification. The equivalence is at undergraduate academic level plus the associated clinical levels. Postgraduate/post qualification education and clinical experience may be taken into consideration.

AND

  • Provide evidence of a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of Band 7 on each of the four components - speaking, reading, listening and writing.
    The assessment is based on guidelines from the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

 

*****A successful overseas assessment does not guarantee membership of the ASMIRT, employment in Australia or registration as a practitioner with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

Click here for further information about membership.

 

The outcome of the assessment will be one of three decisions:


(1) Unconditional Recognition
Qualifications gained outside Australia will be recognised as equivalent to the Australian standard at the time of qualification and the post qualification experience is also of an acceptable standard. A Validated Statement of Accreditation will be granted and a letter for use in the immigration process issued. In the case of Medical Ultrasound a Certificate of Recognition in Ultrasound will be granted and a letter for use in the immigration process issued.

(2) Conditional Rejection
Applicant will be recommended by the Assessment Panel to:
- Provide further documentation to support application.
- Undertake further clinical experience and then provide evidence.


After the Assessment Panel receives the required documentation they will further examine the application. An applicant has three years from notification of rejection to obtain the requested information and re-apply without incurring further expense.

(3) Rejection
Qualifications gained outside Australia that does not meet the Australian standard at the time of qualification. It may be recommended the applicant needs to upgrade qualifications by successfully completing a MRPBA accredited Radiation Science program at an Australian University.

Again the applicant will have three years from the date of the rejection letter to achieve this and supply additional documentation to support their application.


Application Process

An application must be made on an Application for Assessment of Radiography Qualifications accompanied by the appropriate documentation as requested on the application form. The application will not be processed until all the required documentation is received. This documentation must be in the form of translated (where necessary) certified/notarised copies. Do not send original documents.

Applications sent via email will not be accepted, as the requirements stipulate that we must cite certification of original documents.

Please review the following guide prior to completion and submission of your application. This information will assist in clarifying the submission requirements. For further information please downoad the Frequently Asked Questions document - Overseas Assessment FAQs July 2019

Download the Guide to completed OS form


Statement of Qualification

Direct application applies to graduates of courses on the list of ASMIRT Certification Courses who do not have to undertake the full OQAP assessment. Download the Application for Statement of Qualification for graduates of overseas program.  An applicant via this method must include certified copies of the information requested on the application form. They must have at least one year of clinical experience in their country of origin before applying. Applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in English - please click here for further information. Direct applications will be dealt with in a shorter timeline and an applicant should receive their Statement of Qualification within one month, subject to the application being approved.

The fee for this assessment is AUD$286.00. Refer to the application form for methods of payment. Payment for the assessment must be included with the application. Accepted forms of payment are bank cheque drawn in Australian dollars, MasterCard, Visa Card or American Express. Cheques must be made payable to the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy and drawn on an Australian Bank. Overseas currency is not accepted. Please do not send cash.

Further Enquiries
Email enquires in relation to this process should be directed to: osassess@asmirt.org. For further contact information (including telephone and fax numbers) please refer to the Contact Us page of this website.

 

English Language Requirements 


For the purposes of demonstration of English language proficiency, the ASMIRT requirement is evidence of one of the following:

  • Overall band score of not less than 7.0 in the Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, with no individual element below 7.0, and achieved in a single test and completed within the last two years.
  • Overall minimum of level B result in the Australian Occupational English Test (OET), with no individual element below B and achieved in a single test completed within the last two years.

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    Overall band score of 65 in the Pearson Test of English (PTE), with no individual element below 65 and achieved in a single test and completed within the last two years.

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    TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

    • 24 for listening,
    • 24 for reading,
    • 27 for writing, and
    • 23 for speaking.
              
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), with no element below 185 achieved in a single test completed within the last two years.

This evidence is required before the application is finalised.  More information about these language assessment methods can be found below:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Refer to the IELTS website for more information - www.ielts.org.

Occupational English Test (OET) in Australia (tel:  61 3 9825 3800). This test can be undertaken in some overseas countries.  Refer to the OET website for more information - www.occupationalenglishtest.org.

Pearson Test of English (PTE). Refer to the PTE website for more information - https://pearsonpte.com.

Refer to the TOEFL website for more information - https://www.ets.org/toefl. 

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE). Refer to the CAE website for more information - http://www.cambridgeenglish.org. 

Note: If an applicant is an Australian citizen or a passport holder from : United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America (USA) or Republic of Ireland, they are not required to provide evidence of understanding and fluency in English.

ALL applications MUST include a certified copy of passport.

 

Appeal Process 


Lodging an appeal against the findings and recommendation of OQAP

An applicant has the right of appeal against the findings and recommendations of OQAP. An appeal must be in writing and signed by the applicant. Emails and faxes will not be accepted. The letter must state clearly the grounds for the appeal and include supporting documentation.

The costs for the appeal process are outlined below and payment must be submitted with the appeal documentation. If the applicant is resident in Australia, Goods and Services tax (GST) is payable and is included in the fee.

Applicant resident outside Australia - AUD$265.00 (GST free)
Applicant resident (permanent or temporary) in Australia - AUD$292.00 (includes GST)
The appeal must be lodged within three (3) months of the date of the OQAP decision.

The letter of appeal should be forwarded to:

The Chief Executive Officer
Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
PO Box 16234
Collins Street West VICTORIA 8007
Australia

The appeal is decided and resolved by the Board of Directors of the ASMIRT whose decision is final.