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Overseas assessments

Overseas assessments

Are you planning to pursue a career in Medical Radiation Sciences in Australia? The following page provides you with information relating 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).

For international graduates that have undertaken an Australian Accredited Program, please download an ASMIRT Skills Assessment Application.

Pre-approved courses – accredited overseas courses

Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy

Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy degree courses from New Zealand are currently the only pre-approved accredited overseas courses recognised by ASMIRT in these fields. Only graduates with these qualifications are eligible for accelerated assessment.

Previously successful candidates with expired skills assessments are also eligible for this pathway.

There are no other pre-approved courses from any other country on this list or in these fields.

Pre-approved course application process

Graduates from pre-approved courses must apply via the ASMIRT Statement of Qualification – ASMIRT OQAP Recognised Programs 2023 form.

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.

Ultrasound

Graduates from ASAR approved courses are able to apply via a direct application using the ASMIRT Recognition in Ultrasound July 2023 form.

Assessment fees

The fee for this assessment is AUD$314.00 (includes GST) and payment must be included with the application. Refer to the application form for methods of payment.

Application timeline

Applications involving pre-approved courses should receive advice of the outcome within one month of receipt.

Please ensure that all your documentation is in order before it is sent. Unfortunately, if there is information missing, it will slow the assessment process down.

English proficiency

Please note that ALL applicants must provide appropriate evidence of their English language proficiency as outlined below.

Migration assessment

The Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (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

The migration assessment is for the purpose of determining whether a person has a proven level of skills and qualifications to move to Australia and practice within one of these professions.

Applications are assessed by ASMIRT’s Overseas Qualification Assessment Panel (OQAP), and all applications are assessed on an individual basis with due diligence.

Eligibility to migrate

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 work experience. Postgraduate/post qualification education and clinical experience may be taken into consideration. You must also provide evidence of meeting appropriate English language requirements, as per below.

Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging Technology and Radiation Therapy

Overseas gained qualifications in imaging or radiation therapy are not immediately accepted or recognised for issue of the ASMIRT Statement of Qualification.

The Statement of Qualification and a corresponding skills assessment letter is required for eligibility to ASMIRT membership and by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for migration purposes within the skilled migration program.

A successful skills assessment outcome does not guarantee registration as a practitioner through Ahpra.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound qualifications gained outside Australia are not immediately accepted and recognised for registration in Australia.

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.

Assessment fees

The assessment fee is $AUD 997.00 for applicants residing overseas and $AUD 1,096 (inc GST for those residing in Australia). Refer to the application form for methods of payment.

Application process

An application must be made on an Application for Assessment of Radiography/Radiation Therapy and Ultrasound 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. Fees are non-refundable. 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 download the frequently asked questions document, and other documents here.

Application for Assessment of Radiography/Radiation Therapy and Ultrasound Qualification

Frequently asked questions document

Guidelines to completing an overseas application form

Assessment process

Migration assessment outcomes

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 Statement of Qualification 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.

(3) Rejection
Qualifications gained outside Australia do 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.

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.

English language requirements

To demonstrate English language proficiency, ASMIRT requires 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).  www.ielts.org.

Occupational English Test (OET).   www.occupationalenglishtest.org.

Pearson Test of English (PTE).  https://pearsonpte.com.

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

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE).  http://www.cambridgeenglish.org.

Appeal process

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$285.00 (GST free)
Applicant resident (permanent or temporary) in Australia – AUD$314.00 (includes GST)

The appeal must be lodged within three 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.

Notes for applicants

Only fully completed applications with all the required supporting documentation will be considered. Supporting documentation should be certified* copies.

*What is meant by certified copy? (Note: This may also be referred to as a notarised copy). A 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.

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

Further enquiries

Email enquiries in relation to this process should be directed to osassess@asmirt.org. Further contact information can be found on the home page of the site.

Information regarding migration should be sought from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

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