This year we started developing a code of conduct to
apply to all registered psychologists.
Codes of conduct are used as
regulatory instruments to protect
the public. Our code will be based
on the shared code that is used by
most other healthcare professions.
Developing a code of conduct will be a priority for us
over the next two years. We have planned a rigorous
development process that will involve engagement with
code experts, key stakeholders, psychologists and the
public. Our aim is to develop a contemporary, evidencebased
code that reflects the standards expected of
psychologists by the Australian community and peers.
The Board will no longer adopt the Australian
Psychological Society’s Code of ethics once we
have implemented a code of conduct. Until then,
complying with the Code of ethics will continue to be a
requirement for registration as a psychologist.
Our education and training reform work continued
this year, with the aim of reviewing and clarifying
the competencies for general registration and area
of practice endorsement (AoPE) for psychologists in
Australia. This is the first time that competencies have
been thoroughly reviewed since the beginning of the
National Scheme. We are reviewing the competencies
for general registration first.
Over the last 12 months our work has included:
We will shortly be considering a draft of the revised
general registration competencies before sending it out
We continued to modify some of our regulatory
requirements for psychologists due to the continuing
impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included
continuing to deliver the national psychology exam
by online proctoring (rather than sitting the exam in
a testing centre) and permanently
allowing psychologists to complete
Board-approved supervisor training
A hardship policy was also put
in place for psychologists and
provisional psychologists who are experiencing genuine
financial hardship due to COVID-19.
The temporary pandemic sub-register for psychologists
was closed in April.
Ms Rachel Phillips