Speech Pathologists in Australia work largely across the private sector however, Aussie Locums partner with clients across both private and public settings, giving you access to even more opportunities. Our clients provide a range of services to their patients. Due to the diverse geographical area we cover, speech pathologists with a range of skills and specialisms are highly sought after, particularly in aged care and paediatrics as well as acute care in hospital settings.
We pride ourselves on getting to know you, your aspirations and your employment requirements so we can find positions in which you will flourish, with companies that align to your cultural fit. By understanding your specialities and preferences, our experienced team of recruiters are your career advocates, working on your behalf to ensure your skills are utilised and often, enhanced.
As a Speech Pathologist, you have a wealth of remarkable opportunities at your fingertips, regardless of whether you’re in the market for permanent or locum work.
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Some questions you may like answered
We are professional recruitment consultants, with an extensive network of both candidates and clinics, hospitals and other care facilities. We make it our mission to get to know who we work with, so we can find the best fit for our candidates as well as for our clients. Some of our candidates become clients and vice versa, with many having been with us since we opened in 2008.
By gathering industry insights and identifying trends, we can capture opportunities before they even come to the market. Many of our candidates actively choose to work with us exclusively, which further builds on the detailed understanding of their needs which we have gained. By having a talented pool of speech pathologists who we have got to know, our clients can be confident that we aren’t simply passing on a resume, we are referring a person who we know beyond simply words on a page or a quick phone call.
It is important to note that although speech pathology is self-regulated in Australia, you must also hold a Certified Practicing Membership of Speech Pathology Australia to work in most organisations in Australia.
There are two types of applications that you can make to work as a speech pathologist in Australia. Both need to be undertaken with Speech Pathology Australia. They are also recognised by the Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs as the assessing authority if you are intending to stay in Australia permanently.
The Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Application
America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand (conditions apply) fall into this category. You will need to hold membership and certification from one of these countries and also have competed your professional education there too.
Overseas Qualification Competency Assessment Application
You will need to provide the evidence to demonstrate your competence as a speech pathologist. There is a comprehensive guide available to step you through the assessment process. In order to meet the standards for practice you must demonstrate that you meet Competency Based Occupational Standards, that you are competent in the use of the English language in an Australian context and that you have worked for at least 1,000 hours in the last previous 5 years as a speech pathologist.
Correct working rights for Australia:
If you are intending to work in Australia, you will need to obtain correct visa to support your intended stay. You can find more information here:
Speech Pathologists wishing to head over to the UK for a working holiday can connect with a dedicated UK based consultant who can assist you with securing work. Australian trained Speech Pathologists are highly sought after so if you are thinking of heading to the UK, it is likely you will have a wealth of opportunities to pick from. Speak to your Aussie Locum consultant to find out more about how we can help.
The locum work in the UK is largely within the NHS Hospital system and can be a great way to gain experience if you are looking to break into hospital-based work upon your return to Australia.
You can learn more about the NHS here: