Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

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APAC thanks all those who made submissions on the Consultation Draft of the proposed Accreditation Standards for Psychology Programs.

In all we received 120 submissions, including some from overseas. Most of the submissions were from higher education providers, or from individual academics, but there were also many individual private practitioners who provided input. We valued especially the input received from students. Three submitters have requested their submissions not be published. 

Approximately half of the submissions concern competencies for the Counselling Psychology Area of Practice. The remainder cover a wide range of matters, with a small number of key concerns reappearing in many submissions.

Overall, the response was positive in regard to the new format and new approach in the Standards.  Stakeholders welcomed a more outcomes-focused approach with increased flexibility in relation to inputs, and in design and delivery aspects of programs. However, many expressed concern that the less restrictive approach to inputs may have unintended negative consequences. We are working on a workable compromise that will enable an effective transition over time towards our desired approach.

Understandably, even those with positive feedback nevertheless provided detailed explications of negative responses, and these are now our focus in making amendments.

The key concerns identified by many stakeholders are currently under consideration by the APAC Standards Working Group, and some sections of the proposed Standards will be redrafted to address the problems articulated. In some cases, clarification will be provided as to why the concerns are not able to be addressed.  In this latter group the issues tend to relate to aspects of psychology education which are not the remit of APAC; the standards are intended to apply to the content of courses which are accredited for the purposes of registration as a health professional under the National Law.  

As well as the key issues identified, which were common themes in the larger submissions, many very helpful suggestions were made as to minor changes to wording or content which would improve understanding or more accurately reflect good practice in particular situations.  Many of these suggestions will be incorporated in the amended draft of the standards.


The submissions

Readers are asked to note:

·   Submissions are listed in order received.

·   An individual’s name is listed unless it is indicated that the submission is made on behalf of
    a higher education provider or other entity.

·   Personal addresses and personal email addresses have been omitted.

·   APAC reserves the right not to publish some parts of some submissions.  Therefore in a
    number of cases attachments have not been published, and there have been a small number
    of redactions.  We have ensured that the substance of the submission has not thereby been