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Consultation paper released

28 Apr 2014

The Psychology Board of Australia is reviewing the requirements for general registration, continuing professional development and recency of practice for psychologists.

The Board has published a consultation paper which is open for feedback until 30 June 2014 and is seeking input from the community and the profession on proposals to update the following:

  • General registration standard
  • Continuing professional development registration standard
  • Guidelines for continuing professional development
  • Recency of practice registration standard, and 
  • Policy on recency of practice requirements

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, the National Board develops and recommends to the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council), the registration standards that all registered psychologists must meet. When the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) commenced in 2010 new registration standards were approved by the Ministerial Council and new guidelines and policies implemented by the Board. The Board agreed to review all its standards, guidelines and policies after three years of the National Scheme, and this consultation is part of the scheduled review.

The registration standards set out requirements for obtaining and maintaining general registration as a psychologist, and the guideline and policy provide further guidance for practitioners. The Board is asking the community and practitioners to have their say on the standards registered psychologists must meet for entry into the profession, and the requirements for maintaining and extending their knowledge, skills and competence through continuing professional development and practice of the profession. The Board is also asking for feedback on the information in the CPD guideline and recency of practice policy which provide additional guidance to the profession.

The consultation paper is available under Current consultations

Page reviewed 28/04/2014