0.7% identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
80.4% female; 19.6% male
637 notifications lodged with Ahpra about
45 immediate actions taken
61 mandatory notifications received
224 practitioners monitored for health, performance and/or conduct during the year
221 cases being monitored at 30 June:
90 criminal offence complaints made
14 matters decided by a tribunal
1 matter decided by a panel
9 appeals lodged
Work continued on developing a Board-authored
Code of conduct.
We established a Code Expert Advisory Group
(CEAG) to provide advice on drafting the code.
The draft code incorporates all the research and
development that we did during the year, as
well as the CEAG advice on issues specific to
We also conducted significant testing of the draft
code with key regulatory partners, including our coregulators
in Queensland and NSW. Overall, there was
good regulatory alignment between the Psychology
Board of Australia's draft code and the currently
endorsed code of ethics. User feedback about how
the Board’s code could be applied in regulatory
processes was also positive.
The next stage is wide-ranging consultation with the
community, psychologists and other stakeholders.
The Board will use the results of the public
consultation to determine the final version.
We are continuing our review of the competencies
for general registration as part of the education
and training reform (ETR) program of work (Stage
two). The purpose of this stage of the ETR program
is to update the competencies to ensure they
are contemporary and that they clearly outline
the expectations of the threshold competencies
required for safe and effective psychology practice
We have been laying the groundwork needed to
ensure that refreshed competencies incorporate
essential elements that are missing in the current
competencies. This includes expanding the
requirements for culturally safe and trauma-informed
care when working with diverse groups, including
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples,
families and communities; and better explaining the
competency requirements for reflective practice
We have conducted preliminary consultation on
our early draft competencies to test our proposals
with key stakeholders. We are taking our time to
carefully incorporate the feedback we have received
to date, and to ensure that the competencies are
We have also appointed two working groups to
collaborate on the program of work, and to provide a
forum for engagement.
Once we have finalised a set of draft competencies,
we will conduct our usual wide-ranging public
consultation to seek feedback.
Stage one of the ETR program involved a proposal to
retire the 4+2 internship to streamline the pathways
to registration. We announced this in 2019 and,
following the agreed transition period, the 4+2
internship pathway closed to new applicants on 30
The 4+2 internship model served the profession well
for many years; however, it is no longer the preferred
training model for psychology in Australia. Provisional
psychologists can choose from two contemporary
pathways to general registration: the 5+1 internship
or higher degree pathway.
We continued to modify some of our regulatory
requirements for psychologists due to the ongoing
impact of the pandemic. This included continuing to
deliver the national psychology exam online.
A hardship policy remains in place for psychologists
and provisional psychologists who are experiencing
genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Psychologists have also been included on the 2021
Ms Rachel Phillips