Since 2005, APAC has been the national accrediting authority responsible for the assessment and accreditation of programs of study eligible for approval by the Psychology Board of Australia as suitable training for registration as a psychologist in Australia.
The APAC Rules and Standards can be downloaded using the links listed below, and include comprehensive information about the requirements for accreditation. A summary of APAC's application and assessment processes is available from this site in the APAC Accreditation Assessment Handbook.
APAC only accredits courses on application.
Download APAC Standards:
New APAC Rules take effect from 24 March 2014, incorporating amendments as at May 30 2016, replacing the Rules contained in the APAC Rules & Standards June 2010 (730 kb)
List of changes to the APAC Rules & Standards - August 2009 to June 2010 version (56 kb)
Older versions of APAC Standards are available in the Standards Archive
Please note that the submission of an application for accreditation must be made through the Head of Psychology. To avoid delays in processing applications and scheduling assessments, please ensure you are using the current version of the APAC Standards which are updated periodically. Relevant forms are available under Application Information and Processes.
Download APAC Guidelines accompanying the Accreditation Standards:
APAC Guidelines assist higher education providers to interpret how some APAC Standards apply to their organisation and its courses.
Guideline for APAC Standard 5.1.3 (June 2010)
Guideline for APAC Standard 5.1.10 (June 2010)
Guideline for APAC Standard 5.3.30 (June 2010)
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