Section 50 of the National Law requires APAC to monitor programs of study approved by the Psychology Board of Australia to ensure the program and education provider continue to meet the approved Accreditation Standards. To meet these requirements, APAC has developed both routine and targeted monitoring methods.
Monitoring of accredited education providers and programs occurs in two ways:
- Education providers with Accreditation with Conditions on the provider and/or any programs are required to submit a Progress Report at dates specified in determinations (usually the end of February and the end of August)
- Education providers, except for those undergoing their full cycle assessment that year, are required to submit an Annual Update Form by the end of April each year outlining compliance with the APAC Standards
As per Section 50 of the National Law, an audit assessment of accredited providers and their programs of study can be undertaken by APAC at any time. Where an education provider is selected for audit by APAC, advance notice of the assessment and any required site visit(s) will be given.
An auditing process is also instigated for suspected breaches of the Accreditation Standards.
Failure to notify APAC of changes to a provider or its programs of study may result in problems for graduates of the program and/or the revocation of APAC accreditation.
While APAC supports and encourages program changes as a way of quality improvement, it is important that education providers report such changes to APAC as they occur. A site visit may then be required to assess the changes against the APAC Standards.
APAC considers the following program changes to be significant and must be reported to APAC:
|Change of title||Application for an Additional Degree Title/Change of Degree Name Form|
|Additional title||Application for an Additional Degree Title/Change of Degree Name Form|
|Discontinued program||Application for Accreditation of a Discontinued Psychology Program Form|
|Significant change to education provider's functioning or existing program||Email to APAC|
|Academic staffing||Email to APAC|
|Number and/or location of campuses||Email to APAC|
|Program delivery mode||Email to APAC|
|Structural and unit changes within programs||Email to APAC|
|Other changes||Email to APAC|