Psychology Board of Australia - Education training and reform

Education training and reform

The Board considers education and training reform an important focus in the advancement of the regulatory environment for the psychology profession in Australia. A major statutory role of the Board is to facilitate the provision of high-quality education and training of psychologists across all sectors, and to facilitate a flexible, responsive and sustainable Australian psychology workforce.

The first area of reform has been focused on reducing regulatory burden and complexity of psychology training by retiring the 4+2 internship program as a pathway to general registration. Detailed information on the retirement of the 4+2 internship program can be found at: Retirement of the 4+2 internship program.

The Board is now ready to begin the second phase of education and training reform.

The Board is of the view that the next step in the reform agenda is to review the competencies required for both general psychologists and endorsed psychologists.

Since the beginning of the national registration and accreditation scheme in 2010, there have been significant changes in the context of our regulatory work that requires a review of the competencies required for each level of training and regulation. There is increased recognition that the competency standards for general registration and area of practice endorsement are not as well bounded as they could be, and would benefit from review, realignment, and reform. Such reform needs to occur with an understanding of the complexity of psychology training pathways in Australia and be benchmarked to competency frameworks used by international regulators.

The focus of phase two of the education training and reform program of work is to improve the alignment of psychology training and competency development with registration for general and endorsed psychologists, and to maximise the area of practice endorsement framework as a regulatory mechanism for the benefit of the public.

The Board is committed to ensuring that both general and endorsed psychologists can demonstrate the professional competencies to ensure safe, responsive, accessible, and effective practice. The regulation of psychologists needs to be responsive to client and industry needs. Clients should be able to easily find and access psychologists who have expertise that matches their needs, and psychologists need to have clear ways to explain to their clients the services they can provide. We need to help the community and the profession to better understand the competencies of a general psychologist and the meaning and purpose of area of practice endorsement.

Further information

Information and progress on the Education training and reform (ETR - Phase Two) program of work is noted below.

 Document name PDF Word version  Document date 
ETR (Phase Two) Introduction

An overview of how the Board will approach the second phase is outlined in this presentation. 
PDF (143KB) PowerPoint version
January 2020
Green paper

We encourage psychology registrants, employers, educators and consumers to review our green paper which will be available on this page until we commence consultation on targeted proposals in late 2021. 

The purpose of the green paper is to raise awareness of the current challenges in the regulation of general and endorsed psychologists, and to outline the Board’s initial thinking for the next steps in the reform agenda. 
PDF (506KB) Word version 
February 2020 

Stakeholder feedback on the Green paper: Where to next?

We held several stakeholder engagement activities during 2020 to launch the Green paper and to elicit and understand stakeholder views on the proposed reform.

This report summarises your feedback and outlines the actions we will undertake in response. It provides a framework for what tasks we will focus on now, what is not in the Board’s remit to address, and what feedback we will consider after completion of the ETR (Phase two) program of work.

Word version
March 2021


The Board has appointed a Psychology Expert Reference Group (PERG) to advise the Board on the review of the competencies for general registration. This work forms the first step in the education training and reform program of work. The PERG will periodically publish a communique on the progression of its work.

 Document name PDF Word version  Document date 
Establishment of the Psychology Expert Reference Group PDF 
Word version 
September 2020
Work of the Psychology Expert Reference Group PDF 
Word version
January 2021

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