The Psychology Board of Australia has developed guidelines and policies to provide guidance to the profession. These also help to clarify the Board's views and expectations on a range of issues.
The Board has adopted the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics for the profession.
Until the Board has developed a code of conduct, compliance with the APS Code of Ethics is a requirement of registration as a psychologist in Australia.
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Guidelines for the National Psychology Exam
These guidelines should be read in conjunction with the National psychology exam candidate manual
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Guidelines for the 5+1 internship program
Important: These guidelines should be read in conjunction with Fact sheet: 5+1 internship - Implementing the revised registration standards.
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*The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students are available on the Ahpra website, and should be used if you are concerned about a student in a registered health profession other than psychology. Someone who holds provisional registration as a Psychologist and is undertaking a postgraduate approved program of study or internship is not considered student for the purpose of these Guidelines and they are covered by the Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners.
The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners have been updated on 29 June 2020 to include minor formatting and word changes and changes to the flowcharts on pages 20, 22 and 26 of the guidelines.
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Under Section 11 of the National Law, as in force in each state and territory, the Ministerial Council may issue a National Board with policy directions.
The Board reviews its documents regularly, usually at least every five years. The date of next review is published at the end of each document as a guide on when the next review is expected to begin. Review of Board publications is undertaken in accordance with the Consultation process of National Boards.
Please see the FAQ and Fact Sheets page.
Retired versions of policies and guidelines are available from the Retired policies and guidelines page.