In order to practise as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), dietitians must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a recognised Bachelor or Master’s Level dietetic qualification
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing professional development
- Adhere to the Dietitians Australia Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice
- Comply with audit requirements.
Dietitians in Australia who meet this strict criteria are eligible to join the APD program. The APD credential is a public guarantee of nutrition and dietetic expertise. It is the only credential recognised by the Australian Government, Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private health funds as the quality standard for nutrition and dietetics services in Australia.