Schedule of Oral Examinations

Schedule of Oral Examinations

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has modified the period of supervised practice hours required for general registration and the eligibility criteria for entry to the oral examination. Please refer to the Internships webpage for further information on the changes which remain in effect until further notice.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) conducts oral examinations in on behalf of the Pharmacy Board of Australia in the following locations.

State or territory Location of oral exam 
Australian Capital Territory Canberra
New South Wales Sydney
Northern Territory Darwin
Queensland Brisbane
South Australia Adelaide
Tasmania Hobart
Victoria Melbourne
Western Australia Perth

An Application for a pharmacy intern to be a candidate for the oral examination (practice) - APOE-60 can be downloaded on the Forms page. This is a paper application and must be received by Ahpra between the application open and close dates stated in the table below.

Due to changes in postal delivery times, normal deliveries may be delayed. If sending an application via post, candidates are advised to mail applications early to avoid missing the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted. It is recommended to use the file upload portal to avoid delays.


The schedule of oral examinations in 2021 is set out below and may vary from the schedules of previous oral examinations.

Pharmacy Oral Examination period ** Applications open Applications close
9 February 2021 to
5 March 2021
16 November 2020 18 December 2020
8 June 2021 to
2 July 2021
15 March 2021 16 April 2021
5 October 2021 to
29 October 2021
12 July 2021 13 August 2021

**Examinations will not be conducted on each date of the published examination schedule or on the same dates at each location. The number of days that examinations will be conducted in each location will vary depending on candidate numbers and examiner/venue availability. Candidates should make themselves readily available during the published examination period.

After the examination application closing dates, candidates are randomly allocated a date and time to present to the examination location. Candidates will receive this information by email two weeks before the commencement of the examination period. Candidates are reminded that Ahpra must have correct contact details at all times

Note: While oral examinations are normally delivered face-to-face at an examination venue, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to deliver the oral examination using an online platform. If this is required, candidates will be informed of these arrangements in the email confirming the date and time of their examination.

Contact us

For all enquiries regarding the Pharmacy oral examination, please email

Page reviewed 16/11/2020