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    Grades of Physio in Australia

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    Can anyone explain the grade system used in Australia? I'm just having a look at some of the job adverts for instance which are advertising for a grade 2 physio. Does quantify to years of experience?
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    Re: Grades of Physio in Australia

    Hi Laura

    Like many things in Australia, the Grades differ between States/Territories. You would get the most accurate and correct information by asking the employer what "Grade 2" means.


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    Re: Grades of Physio in Australia

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    It seems that this is an ever changing structure within Australia, and differs between states as well. The Australian Physiotherapy Association did publish a draft review on where it sees this structure going. A link to it is here: http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/Docu...2013_FINAL.pdf

    The summary within that document suggests the following notion.

    The 2013 the Australian Physiotherapy Association proposed a 7 stage career progression for clinical practice, as follows:


    • Stage 1 - Entry Level/Graduate Physiotherapist
    • Stage 2 - Rotating Junior Physiotherapist
    • Stage 3 - Commencing Specialising Physiotherapist
    • Stage 4 - Established Specialising Physiotherapist
    • Stage 5 - Titled Physiotherapist
    • Stage 6 - Specialist Physiotherapist
    • Stage 7 - Consultant Physiotherapist


    The number of physiotherapy employment “levels/grades” differs between states:


    • NSW: 8 levels with increments
    • VIC: 4 levels with increments
    • QLD: 8 levels with increments (physiotherapist commences at level 3)
    • WA: 9 levels with increments (+ Classes 1-4, above level 9)
    • SA: 6 levels with increments
    • TAS: 6 levels with increments
    • ACT: 6 levels with increments
    • NT: 5 levels with increments


    There are different guidelines for how a practitioner should progress from one level to another in each jurisdiction. Some grades are hardly used at all in some states (especially some higher grades). In most jurisdictions, a practitioner progresses up an increment on an annual basis however to move up a grade requires that person to successfully apply for a higher position. There are guidelines for the roles and responsibilities for each grade in many state agreements.

    Accordingly, 7 criteria have been identified by the APA for each career stage:

    Professional Characteristics


    1. Professional Development – refers to PD education and seminars provided to others
    2. Education Level – refers to level of education/training attained by physiotherapist
    3. Specialisation Profile – e.g. level 1, 2, 3, Titled, Specialist
    4. Scope of practice – complexity of clients a therapist can manage independently
    5. Breadth of Skill Development – expected competencies of a physiotherapist working at a particular level
    6. Standard Caseload
    7. Leadership Status


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