Australian Council of Professions

The unifying alliance of Professional Associations that represents more than 800,000 Australian professionals including engineers, healthcare and computer professionals, veterinarians and accountants.

We are acknowledged by the community, industry and government as the Thought Leaders advocating for the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism since 1971.

Our members are professional associations and supporting organisations who share our mission of advocating for community confidence in all professionals and their evidence-based advice in difficult times. Our thought leadership supports the Professions in the areas of

Education & AccreditationProfessionalism & EthicsDiversity & Inclusion


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  • Emerging Professions Round-Table

    Well-established professions occupy a position of privilege and inclusion in the provision of services and lawmaking machinery of societies. It is a desirable position to which communities of practice aspire, however realising this status presents a dilemma for the entities representing neo-professions, emerging professions, sub-specialisations, occupational groups and para-professions.

    In fulfilling our remit to explore this challenge with our Members and invited guests, we are holding a Round-Table on this topic.

    The programme is:

    • Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table
    • The Story so far – Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA, Imm Past President Project Management Institute
    • Demystifying Professional Schemes, Advances for Occupational Groups – Roxane Marcell-Shaw, CEO Professional Standards Councils
    • The Route to Professionalisation – Dr Ruth Ferraro, Fellow ARPI GAICD
    • = Break =
    • Open Discussion on the Topic
    • Identifying Points of Consensus
    • Next steps
    • Close


    Presenters:

    Roxane Marcelle-Shaw
    CEO – Professionals Standards Councils

    Professional Profile

    Dr Ruth Ferraro Fellow ARPI GAICD


    Professional Profile

    Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA
    Imm. Past President, Project Management Institute

    Professional Profile

    For more information, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

  • Professionalism Researcher Strengthens ACoP’s Thought Leadership

    As we look into further strengthening our thought leadership in 2021, the Australian Council of Professions have engaged a key resource to help us deliver additional services to our members.

    We would like to introduce you to Ruth Ferraro PhD Fellow ARPI GAICD who has joined our Office of the CEO.

    Ruth’s interest in the phenomenon of professions and professionalism was sparked in the early 2000s where she undertook a “Can we Educate for Professionalism?” project for the emergent financial planning profession. Ruth then undertook PhD research at the Work-based Learning Institute, Middlesex University UK entitled “From the intransitive to the transitive – emerging the Australian tax profession as a profession in its own right” which she intends to utilise in a number of our projects. “With over 25 years in executive roles in education with 20 of those years spent in membership bodies for a wide range of professions: medical sub-specialisation, law, accounting, financial planning I have gained a deep insight into the life-cycle and maturity of professions.” says Ruth.

    One of Ruth’s first activities will be to lead the Emerging Professions initiative, which we have created following conversations with existing and prospective members. This input has highlighted that new professions and professionals moving into new areas of practice have created interesting challenges. Ruth’s other activities will be to create and action high-level communications in the domain of professionalism as well as assisting ACoP in its thought leadership and engagement with high-level individuals and organisations.

    I am delighted that Ruth has joined us at a time where the purpose, value and maturity of professions has very much moved into the public eye. The emergence of the concepts of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ as well as the healthcare and climate challenges in the last 12 months make the public’s clear understanding of the role and value of professionals, their ethics and professionalism to Australians in difficult time all the more important” said President Klaus Veil.

    Read more about Ruth’s background at www.linkedin.com/in/dr-ruth-ferraro-gaicd-aarpi-1074408/

    Welcome Ruth!

  • Geoscience Professionals join Council of Professions

    The Australian Council of Professions is delighted to welcome the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) as a professional association member, further broadening and strengthening our membership and reach.

    The AIG is a dynamic, member-focussed professional institute that represents more than 2,500 professional geoscientists: geologists, geophysicists and other Earth scientists working in industry, government, education and research across Australia.

    AIG President Mr Andrew Waltho welcomes AIG being accepted as a member of ACoP.  “The AIG board recognises that geoscience in Australia is not alone in facing a number of challenges in areas including professional accreditation and recognition, maintenance of educational standards both through formal university studies and continued professional development and education (CPD/CPE) and enhancing public confidence in professionals through enforceable standards of professional practice and ethics.” Mr Waltho also said that by joining ACoP, AIG seeks to both bring in an understanding of the professional issues facing Australian geoscience and learn from the experience of other ACoP members in their respective fields of practice.  “Many professional issues facing AIG are not unique to geoscience” Mr Waltho said.

    We welcome the geoscience profession to our community of professional associations, they will further broaden the scope of professions that we represent.  Working in the resources sector, geoscientists are an important part of our exporting industries and will play a vital role in Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” said ACoP Board President Klaus Veil.

    Mr Waltho also noted that the current ACoP policy areas of education, accreditation and employability, professionalism and ethics and diversity and inclusion are directly relevant to AIG’s members and central to the future of the geoscience professions in Australia. “We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial and productive relationship through being able to share ideas and experiences with other ACoP members” he said.

    Welcome Australian Institute of Geoscientists!

  • Future Pathways to Professional Standing Round-Table

    Micro-Credentials, Experiential Learning, etc. are examples of some rapid developments in the pathways of becoming a professional.  Many of our member organisations are currently exploring and working on what progression to the membership of a Professional Association might look like in the future.

    Our Round-Table will explore possible future pathways to professional standing and eligibility for membership of Professional Associations. If there is consensus on basic principles of potential future pathways to become a professional, we may capture these as possible guidance for the Professional Associations sector.

    Programme:

    • Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table
    • ALIA’s work to date on Future Pathways to Professional Standing
      Sue McKerracher, CEO & Kate Bunker, Director of LearningAustralian Library and Information Association
    • Assessing Academic Qualification Equivalence
      Bernadette Foley FIEAust CPEng, National Manager Professional Standards – Engineers Australia
    • Adapting Professional Frameworks for Rapidly Evolving Specialisations
      Rupert Grayston, CEO and Jarred Stein, Operations Manager Skills Assessment – Australian Computer Society
    • Challenges of Professions without long-standing Tertiary Qualifications
      Jesu Jacob, Acting CEO – Australian Community Workers Association
    • Break
    • Open discussion on the topic
    • Identifying points of consensus
    • Next steps
    • Close

    We thank our member organisation Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for their support of the Round Table. For more information, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

  • Annual General Meeting 2020
  • ACoP Appoints new Director

    We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Dr Julie Strous as a Director of the Australian Council of Professions. A veterinarian and executive director of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Julie fills the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Catherine Garvey in April.

    Prior to her twenty years with the AVBC, Julie worked in veterinary practice and also pursued her interest in natural and agricultural environments by establishing the Methodist Ladies College wilderness campus near Mallacoota.

    Julie has been a co-chair of our Professionalism and Ethics Portfolio Committee since 2018.  As a plenary speaker on ethics at the World Organisation for Animal Health 2016 conference in Thailand, Julie outlined the emerging pressures on professionals to put business interests before public interest.  As such, her focus and passion for the ethical conduct of professionals is on-going and will be a well-regarded voice on the ACoP Board. “I am delighted that Julie is joining the Board – in a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ our focus and advocacy of evidence-based policy-making has become vital to ensure that Australians survive challenges such as the disastrous bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic” said ACoP Board President Klaus Veil.

    A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dr Strous has several career strands that come together for her role on the ACoP board: governance, professionalism and achieving change through managing people. “I believe that culture is core in ensuring a board maintains its integrity.  Board members need the curiosity and courage to delve into issues and ask questions whilst maintaining a collaborative team environment.” says Julie, “And in a rapidly changing environment, this enables a Board to effectively respond to the challenges facing professionals and their professionalism.”  Julie’s term runs through to the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

    Welcome Julie!

  • ‘Guiding for Professionalism’ Project

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  • COVID-19 Road to Recovery Education/Training Needs
  • Accreditation Expert joins ACoP Leadership

    We are delighted that a further well-regarded leader of a professional accreditation body has joined us in taking our organisation forward in a time when higher education and the accreditation of professional courses is facing ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges.

    We welcome Michael Carpenter BEng(hons) MBA GAICD, CEO of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, who joins Lynette Harris M.Ed (Director – Navitas Professional), Dr Ash Jones (Head – ACoP Education & Accreditation Portfolio), Dr Nick Tate FACS CP CEng (Chair – ACoP Strategic Advisory Council) and Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA (Imm. Past President – Project Management Institute, Melbourne) as co-opted members of our leadership team, separate to our elected Directors.

    Michael joined APAC as its CEO in September 2017.  Prior to that he was the Director of Accreditation at the Australian Dental Council and the Director of Regulation and Review at TEQSA, the Federal Government’s Higher Education Regulator.  He has also worked at the British Psychological Society, in international leadership development and management consulting.

    Michael’s valuable expertise will assist the Australian Council of Professions in achieving the strategic goals and projects that our Member organisations have recently re-affirmed us to focus on:


    Welcome Michael!

  • COVID-19 Business Recovery Council

    In May 2020, the Australian Council of Professions joined with the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) to form a thought-leading group for the COVID-19 “Road to Recovery”.

    The main focus for the COVID-19 Business Recovery Council is to map a safe way forward for small/medium businesses as well as professional practices. This includes not only safe operating and trading but also enhancing online operation and goods/service delivery as well as ‘re-inventing’ businesses for the post-pandemic period.

    The Council advises the National Cabinet through Nev Power’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC).

    The first initiative of the Council was the COVID-19 Road to Recovery Education and Training Needs research project.



    If you would like more information the COVID-19 Business Recovery Council, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.