Professional practice issues

The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) is committed to ensuring that practitioners are made aware of relevant issues that inform professional practice. Therefore, from time to time the Board will publish relevant information for practitioners to consider.

The Board considers education and training reform important in the advancement of the regulatory environment for the psychology profession in Australia.

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 in favour of the 5+1 internship program. Detailed information on the retirement of the 4+2 internship program can be found at: Retirement of the 4+2 internship program.

The second area of reform will focus on aligning psychology training with the registration categories more effectively and ensuring that general registration and area of practice endorsement are being used effectively under the National Law.

The current multiple pathway model of training in psychology mixes general training (for general registration) and advanced training (for area of practice endorsement). This happens both within degrees (e.g. Masters degrees include both general and area of practice endorsement training), and between pathways (e.g. the 5+1 internship focuses on general training, while the Masters degree has mixed training, but both lead to general registration). This confusion causes a number of difficulties for regulation, training, and professional practice.

The second phase of education and training reform will aim to transform and improve the alignment between training and registration to ensure that psychologists are properly prepared for practice, and there is sufficient supply and access of suitably trained psychologists for the current and future needs of the community.

An overview of how the Board will approach the second phase is outlined in this presentation (143 KB,PDF), PowerPoint version (210 KB,PPTX)

Page reviewed 3/12/2019