Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

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The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Limited (APAC) is an independent not-for-profit quality and standards organisation, appointed as an external accreditation entity under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.

APAC’s mission:

APAC’s mission is to protect the public by conducting accreditation activities that ensure graduates of accredited programs receive a high quality education and are well equipped to employ their psychological knowledge and skills in the community. This includes, where relevant, being sufficiently qualified and competent to meet the registration requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia.

APAC’s activities include:

  • Developing standards for the education and training of psychologists for approval by the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Assessing higher education providers and the programs of study they offer to determine whether they meet the approved accreditation standards
  • Monitoring accredited education providers and their Programs of Study to ensure they continue to meet the Approved Accreditation Standards
  • Assessing accrediting and examining authorities in other countries to determine if graduates of the authorities’ examinations or accredited programs of study have the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to practise the profession in Australia
  • Supporting higher education providers in developing and maintaining high quality programs of education and training in psychology
  • Advising and consulting to a range of stakeholders including the the Psychology Board of Australia, governments, education providers and professional bodies on matters of education and training relevant to the psychology profession and discipline

    Work with us at APAC:

    APAC offers great diversity and challenge within our accreditation services unit roles. We are a small, friendly team who undertake our important work with dedication and enthusiasm.  Our modern, professional office is set in a prestigious Melbourne CBD location, where we enjoy a healthy and happy work environment.

    If you have sound knowledge of psychology education pathways, you are familiar with the higher education environment and have worked in either a Faculty or Departmental Office, we would love to hear from you! 

    As APAC is a regulatory body, if you want to work with us, it is essential that you have a keen eye for detail and pay meticulous attention to accuracy and have efficient record-keeping skills.

    We are flexible if you want either full or part-time work in the following areas:

    • Assistance with the co-ordination of accreditation assessments 
    • Committee administration support
    • Strong IT proficiency
    • Solid administrative skills
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Helena Gillies: 18 August 1957 ~ 2 April 2017

The directors, members and staff of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council note with great sadness the passing of our friend and colleague Helena Gillies.

After eight years of dedicated service to APAC, Helena Gillies resigned last month, because of her ongoing poor health. 

Helena began work as an employee of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), commencing on 6 April 2009. She was a key figure in the development of APAC as an independent body thereafter.

Helena was APAC’s Manager of Accreditation Services, reporting to the CEO and supervising a small team of administrative staff.  She worked closely with the Accreditation Committee and all the APAC assessors, and was considered an authority on all the technicalities of the Accreditation Assessment process.  Many of the Higher Education providers have advised that her support and good counsel has been invaluable over many years.

During a period of transition during which APAC was without a CEO, Helena took over as Acting CEO and Company Secretary, and kept the core business going as well as taking on additional duties

In late 2015 APAC completed the transition to independence from APS, and, with a new CEO and additional staff, moved to new premises.  Helena continued in her role until July 2016, when her illness necessitated a long absence.  With her usual strength of mind, Helena made the decision to return to work on reduced hours, and in January was offered the position of Director, Strategy & Policy, a flexible role which would have allowed APAC to benefit from her experience and new staff to benefit from her guidance.  Sadly, Helena was able to return to work only briefly before her illness overcame her again.

The Board of APAC wishes to record its thanks to Helena. All at APAC will remember Helena for her loyalty and dedication to her work, and for her fierce determination to live life to the full for as long as she was able.

Helena’s family has suggested that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Network, to honour her memory.

Scam Alert: APAC Insider April 2017

APAC has been alerted to a scam whereby people on our email lists may be contact by someone purporting to represent a journal published by us.

APAC doesn't publish any journals.  This is a scam.

Communique February 2017

Communique February 2017 - from APAC Chair

Standards Bulletin 8 - November 2016

Standards Bulletin 8 -November 2016 AHPC 
Proposed Accreditation Standards - Under consideration by PsyBA

Standards Bulletin 7 - September 2016

Standards Bulletin 7 - September 2016 AHPC 
Proposed Accreditation Standards Review - Consultation period ends

Professor Trevor Waring AM Hon FAPS 1943-2016

Prof Trevor Waring AM Hon FAPS AHPC

Standards Bulletin 6 - August 2016

Standards Bulletin 6-August 2016 AHPCProposed Accreditation Standards Review Draft - Submissions published 

Standards Bulletin 5 - July 2016

Standards Bulletin 5-July 2016 AHPC Proposed Accreditation Standards Review - Submission period closed

Standards Bulletin 4 - July 2016

Standards Bulletin 4-July 2016 AHPC Proposed Accreditation Standards Review - Submissions due date

Standards Bulletin 3 - July 2016

Standards Bulletin 3-July 2016 AHPC Proposed Accreditation Standards Review - Webinar

Standards Bulletin 2 - June 2016

Standards Bulletin 2-June 2016 AHPCProposed Accreditation Standards - Released for public consultation


APAC Welcomes New Chair AHPC (103kB)

Notice of Election Result

Notice of Election Result 2016 

Standards Bulletin 1 - May 2016

Standards Bulletin 1-May 2016 AHPCProposed Accreditation Standards - Almost ready for release

Communique March 2016

Communique March 2016 - from APAC Chair