Retail Pharmacist registration and migration on PR Visa to Australia


Pharmacy offers a wide range of career opportunities ranging from patient care to research and development. This field gives you the opportunity to know about and participate in the innovation of drugs. It provides ample opportunities in both academia and industry along with the chance to earn a stable income in your homeland and Abroad.

Pharmacy is a booming profession and a lucrative pathway to migrate to Australia. Most pharmacists in Australia practice within the community itself as retailers or work in hospitals.

Pharmacists are highly trusted professionals who are qualified to dispense medications. They have the required knowledge about most medicines and are capable of counselling to the healthcare professionals and patients and other people and the key responsibilities such as processing prescriptions, maintaining patient medication records, promoting primary health care etc.

However, to become a pharmacist in Australia, you need to be well aware of certain prerequisites. First, they need to meet the Skills Assessment as carried out by the Australia Pharmacy Council (APC) and then register themselves with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA) to get the Skilled Visa to travel and work as a pharmacist in Australia.

How much does a Pharmacist make in Australia?

The average pharmacist salary in Australia is $92,793 per year or $47.59 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $81,953 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $120,045 per year. (As per

STEP 1: Initial Skills Assessment

Authorised body: Australian Pharmacy Country

Documents required:

a. B Pharm/Pharm D degree/provisional degree

b. B Pharm/Pharm D transcripts/Consolidated Mark sheet

c. State pharmacy council registration (Must be register as pharmacist in home country)

d. Passport

Experience is not required

Time: 8 weeks

Fee: $1310 AUD

STEP 2: KAPS Exam (Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

The KAPS Exam covers the following four domains from the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010:

1. Domain 1: Pharmaceutics

2. Domain 2: Therapeutics

3. Domain 3: Pharmaceutical Chemistry

4. Domain 4: Pharmacology and Physiology

There are two papers of each KAPS Exam:

1. Paper 1: Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

2. Paper 2: Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics
Examination question types of questions may either stand-alone or be associated with a patient profile.

Academically provide the online KAPS coaching, please visit the website:

KAPS Passing Score: 50%

KAPS Exam Fee: $2190 AUD

KAPS Exam Results:

1. Approximately eight weeks after the KAPS exam you or your nominated agent will receive an email from us about when you can view/download your exam results in your Candidate Portal.

2. If you pass the KAPS exam you will also receive a copy of the APC Skills Assessment letter to your email address.

STEP 3: English Requirements for the registration with AHPRA

English TestModuleScore Required
IELTSACADEMICMinimum score of 7 and a minimum score of 7
in each of the four components(Listening, reading,
writing, and speaking).
PTEACADEMICOverall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65
in each of the four communicative skills (Listening,
reading, writing, and speaking).
OETOET with minimum score of B or 350 in each
of the four components Listening, reading,
writing and speaking).
TOEFL iBTMinimum total score of 94 and the minimum scores of
24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing
and 23 for speaking.


As soon as you are registered as a pharmacist to practice in Australia, you will have several options and you may apply for General Skilled Migration Visa under subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), subclass 491 (Regional Sponsored Visa), subclass 482 (Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa) and subclass 494 (Skilled employer sponsored regional Visa. Subclass 407 (Training visa). You may speak with any registered migration agent for further information on which visa is best for you.

More information please visit APC website:

Academically provide the online KAPS coaching, please visit the website:

Note: To the best of our ability, we give all information in a correct manner, although errors are possible. We cannot guarantee that this information is accurate, complete or current.

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