New Accreditation Standards for the Psychology Profession
The Psychology Board of Australia has approved new ‘Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs’ and these will take effect from 1 January 2019. The 'APAC Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs Evidence Guide' and 'APAC Rules for Accreditation' are also now available. Please note that a number of small amendments were made to the first two of these documents on 31 July 2018 and the versions on this website supersede the previously published versions. An additional amendment was made to the Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs (Version 1.2) on 12 September 2018 to align with changes to the Psychology Board of Australia’s requirements for supervisors.
Transition from current 2010 Standards to 2019 Standards
The transition to the 2019 Standards will occur officially at midnight on 31 December 2018, with the 2019 Standards coming into effect 1 January 2019. The current 2010 Standards will become historical as of this date.
Any existing conditions on accreditation in place at the end of 2018 will be transferred into the language of the 2019 Standards.
The APS College approval process ceases as of the end of 2018, and APAC will no longer be joined by College assessors on site visits. Any existing APS College conditions in place at the end of 2018 will also be transferred into the language of the 2019 APAC Standards.
A small number of Standards and resulting conditions in place under the current 2010 Standards are not replicated in the 2019 Standards, for example conditions relating to nomenclature or graduation of the first students in a new program. Such conditions currently applied, therefore, will be removed as of 1 January 2019.
All education providers will receive notification at the end of 2018 of their changed conditions.
All accreditation assessments undertaken from 1 January 2019 will be made under the 2019 Standards.