Codes, guidelines and policies

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.

Code of ethics

The Board has adopted the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics for the profession.

Guidelines

Document Attachments Date of effect
Guideline - Informing a National Board about where you practise 

PDF (152 KB) 

Word (590 KB,DOCX)

1 August 2018
Guidelines: transitional programs for overseas qualified applicants 

PDF (122 KB) 

Word (90.9 KB,DOCX)

10 April 2017 
Guidelines for mandatory notifications

PDF (149 KB)

Web page

17 March 2014 
Guidelines for advertising regulated health services

PDF (155 KB)

Web page

17 March 2014
Guidelines for supervisors

PDF (117 KB)

Word (136 KB,DOC)

1 August 2018
Guidelines for supervisor training providers

PDF (104 KB)

Word (136 KB,DOCX)

1 August 2018 
Guideline on professional indemnity insurance for psychologists PDF (506 KB) 1 June 2012
Guidelines for continuing professional development

PDF (609 KB)

Word (158 KB,DOCX)

1 December 2015
Guidelines on area of practice endorsements PDF (216 KB) 29 July 2011
Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program

PDF (1.04 MB)

Word (1.06 MB,DOCX)

1 June 2017

Appendix E updated in PDF version on 14 July 2017 to include missing table.
Guidelines for the National Psychology Examination

PDF (235 KB)

Word (249 KB,DOCX)

29 January 2018

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.

PDF (267 KB)

Word (208 KB,DOCX)

16 December 2013

Policies

The Board's policies are to be read in conjunction with the relevant Codes and Guidelines.

General policies

Document Attachments Date of effect
Social media policy

PDF (62.2 KB)

Web page

17 March 2014
Common Protocol - Informing notifiers about the reasons for National Board decisions 

PDF (91.8KB)

Word (58.6 KB,DOCX)

1 August 2018
Policy for the management of notifications about single court appointed expert psychologists in family law courts proceedings PDF (450 KB) 30 January 2012
Policy for recency of practice requirements

PDF (223KB)

Word (306 KB,DOCX)

1 December 2016

Policies for higher degree students

Document Attachments Date of effect
Policy on working in addition to placements

PDF (423 KB)

Word (97.9 KB,DOCX)

1 September 2015
Policy for higher degree students applying for general registration

PDF (70.1 KB)

Word (303 KB,DOCX)

2 May 2016

National psychology exam policies

Find more information on the national psychology exam page.

Document Attachments Date of effect
Policy and procedure for candidates who fail the exam three times 

PDF (99.2 KB) 

Word (105 KB,DOCX)

16 February 2016 

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.

FAQ and Fact Sheets

Please see the FAQ and Fact Sheets page.

Retired versions

Document Attachments Date of effect
Retired version: Guidelines for supervisors and supervisor training providers

PDF (495 KB)

Word (276 KB,DOC)

30 April 2013 to 31 July 2018
Retired version: Policy on refusing or revoking Board-approved supervisor status

PDF (189 KB)

Word (104 KB,DOCX)

October 2013 to 31 July 2018
Retired version: Policy on the revocation of Board-approved supervisor training provider status

PDF (120 KB)

Word (108 KB,DOCX)

October 2013 to 31 July 2018 
Retired version: Guidelines for the National Psychology Examination

PDF (406 KB)

Word (245 KB,DOCX)

14 April 2016 to 28 January 2018
Retired version: Interim guidelines for 4+2 internship program provisional psychologists and supervisors  PDF (383 KB)  27 September 2013 to 31 May 2017
Retired version: Policy for provisional psychologists with qualifications more than 10 years old PDF (444 KB) 20 August 2011 to 31 May 2017
Retired version: Policy for 4+2 internship program limited work role  PDF (435 KB)  6 April 2011 to 31 May 2017
Retired version: Policy for recency of practice requirements PDF (438 KB) 1 August 2011 to 30 November 2016
Retired version: Policy for overseas qualified applicants for registration

PDF (431 KB)

Word (95.0 KB,DOCX)

28 June 2013 to 31 May 2016
Retired version: Policy for higher degree students applying for general registration PDF (228 KB) 16 November 2012 to 1 May 2016
Retired version: Guidelines for the National Psychology Examination

PDF (721 KB) 

Word (249 KB,DOCX)

18 October 2013 to 13 April 2016
Retired version: Guidelines on continuing professional development  PDF (502 KB)  1 July 2010 to 30 November 2015 
Retired version: Policy for exemption from continuing professional development (CPD) requirements   PDF (441KB) August 2011 to 30 November 2015
Retired version: Guidelines for mandatory notifications PDF (426 KB) 1 July 2010 to 16 March 2014
Retired version: Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services PDF (464 KB) 1 July 2010 to 16 March 2014
Retired policy: Policy for changing states for pre 1 July 2010 4+2 registrants PDF (423 KB) 6 April 2011 to 31 December 2014
 
 
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