Psychology Board of Australia - About


In Australia the psychology profession is regulated by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act ('the National Law') as in force in each state and territory of Australia.

The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) is the National Board for the psychology profession that is established under the National Law. Board members are appointed by Ministerial Council (comprising Ministers of the governments of each state and territory and the Commonwealth with the portfolio responsible for health).

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board include:

  • registering psychologists and provisional psychologists
  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the psychology profession
  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia
  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

These functions are supported by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). For information about legislation governing operations see AHPRA's Legislation and Publications pages.

Under the National Law, a National Board may also establish a State or Territory Board (known as ‘regional boards’) for a participating jurisdiction.

The regional boards enable an effective and timely local response to health practitioners and the public in registration and notification matters. The members of a regional board are appointed by the responsible Ministers for the participating jurisdictions.

The Board has established four regional boards:  

  • The New South Wales Board of the Psychology Board of Australia
  • The Queensland Board of the Psychology Board of Australia
  • The Northern Territory/South Australia/Western Australia Board of the Psychology Board of Australia
  • The ACT/ Victoria/Tasmania Board of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Contact us

If you have an enquiry about your registration or about becoming a registered psychologist in Australia, contact AHPRA using the online enquiry form or by calling 1300 419 495.

To submit a complaint or concern about a registered psychologist, visit AHPRA’s make a complaint page. 

Correspondence to the National Board can be sent to:

Psychology Board of Australia
G.P.O. Box 9958
Melbourne VIC 3001

or via email


Read Communiqués from the Board.

Meet the Board

Meet the individual Board members.

Page reviewed 4/04/2019