Leading Higher Education Independent joins ACoP

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Micro-Credentials Principles

The Australian Council of Professions continues to progress the creation of a Principles of Micro-Credentials document with broad-based input from the Professions and other stakeholders.

Our activities so far have been:

The next steps will be the compilation of information, references and views to form a Micro-Credentials Principles and Practice document.

Micro-Credential Experts join Council of Professions

The Australian Council of Professions (ACoP) is pleased to welcome DeakinCo, the commercial arm of Deakin University, as a Member of the Australian Council of Professions.

DeakinCo’s membership represents a valuable joining of forces to help advance Professionals and Professionalism in Australia as well as a commitment of both organisations to work together in order to close the workplace skills gap, foster lifelong learning thought leadership and promote professional excellence.

DeakinCo. has been instrumental in the design and development of the Deakin professional practice credential model, which offers a unique ability to assess distinctive professional skills capabilities across the workforce. These micro-credentialing standards, built across 26 capabilities, eventuated in response to the recognition that the global workforce is currently experiencing unprecedented change due to automation, economic instability and emerging skills capability requirements. As such, the Deakin credential model has been developed to address the needs of professionals in the changing world of work, through the provision of a robust mechanism to assess the knowledge and skills they have built through their professional experience.

Dr Asheley Jones, Head of Professional Practice is delighted that DeakinCo. has become the first Supporting Member of ACoP. “Given DeakinCo’s mission is to provide workplace solutions that assess and build workplace knowledge and skills for organisations and individuals, and ACoP’s commitment to ensuring community confidence across all professionals in all professions, this membership enables a natural synergy in the two entities working together to ensure Australia’s 21st-century work needs are met.

DeakinCo’s CEO, Glenn Campbell views the ACoP membership as “an important step in building a diverse community of practice, committed to providing a comprehensive ecosystem to underpin the lifelong learning needs of the Australian workforce.

The Australian Council of Professions congratulates DeakinCo. on their work developing teaching and learning methods that support the life-long-learning needs of professionals. ACoP President Klaus Veil FACHI FHL7 said “We are delighted to welcome DeakinCo as our first ‘Supporting Member’ organisation, a new member category our Board recently approved. Their membership will further broaden and strengthen our capability and influence in this vitally important area of professional education. Professional knowledge today has a half-life of 5 years, so providing small, targeted and assessable units of learning that re-fresh and/or top-up a professional’s expertise is attracting strong interest from our Professional Association Members.”

Welcome DeakinCo!

Celebrating 100 Years of Engineering

Celebrating the centenary of representing their profession, our member association Engineers Australia co-hosted the World Engineers Convention 2019 with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations in Melbourne last week.

The World Federation of Engineering Organisations is the peak body for engineering institutions internationally, representing more than 90 countries and 20 million engineers around the world. This is the first time that Engineers Australia and World Federation of Engineering Organisations have co-hosted a convention in Australia.

Engineers Australia is one of the largest professional associations for engineering in the world, representing all engineering disciplines and active in accreditation and setting international standards for engineering education.

Engineers Australia is a proud Member of the Australian Council of Professions. EA Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI said “The World Engineers Convention is a great example of how professions in Australia showcase all that is great about how the professions contribute to the communities they serve and a reminder that we are part of a global community. Over 75 nations were represented at WEC.

The Australian Council of Professions congratulates Engineers Australia on their work to help shape, regulate and represent the profession. ACoP President Klaus Veil FACHI FHL7 said “Engineering is a profession that is integral to every field of human endeavour and touches the life of every Australian.  From the professionals that enable us to be mobile by designing our roads, railways and airports, the experts that keep us healthy and safe designing and testing medical equipment to those that push the boundaries beyond the earth designing telescopes and spacecraft – all are part of the community of over 100,000 professionals in Engineers Australia.  The Australian Council of Professions thanks Engineers Australia for 100 years of service to the Australian community.

AQF Final Report Released

The Final Report of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review was released by the Australian Government today.

In 2018 we had held an AQF Review Terms of Reference Session and then very actively participated in the Review lead by Prof. Peter Noonan who had also keynoted at our inaugural National Summit on Micro‐Credentialing and Accreditation in Melbourne. We supported targeted review sessions for Professional Associations and submitted a formal Submission on behalf of our Member Organisations: https://submissions.education.gov.au/Forms/AQF2019/Documents/109-Professions-Australia.pdf.

Read the AQF Review Final Report here.


Note: On 9 December the Australian Government accepted all the recommendations of the review in relation to higher education and accepted the aims of the recommendations of the review in relation to vocational education, contingent on further discussions with state and territory governments.

Community Work Professionals join ACoP

The Australian Council of Professions (ACoP) welcomes as a new Professional Association Member the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) – the professional body that supports Australia’s community work practitioners, which is also celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

ACWA joins the peak Professional body that includes many of Australia’s critical Professions including engineers, accountants, psychologists, nurses, midwives, management consultants, health information managers and pharmacologists.

Australian Council of Professions President, Associate Professor Klaus Veil, said ACoP is pleased to welcome the ACWA and looks forward to ACWA contributing to the important work of the Council. “In the world of service-orientation and “Industry 4.0” we are excited to have the national body for community workers join our Membership. The Australian Community Workers Association adds a new dimension to our thought leadership conversation in the key policy areas of Education, Professionalism, Diversity and Ethics. We congratulate ACWA on its 50 years of leadership,” said Professor Veil.

ACWA CEO, Ms Sha Cordingley, said that joining the Council was “the first step in our 50th-anniversary celebrations that will focus on bringing public awareness to the specific work of community work practitioners”. Further Ms Cordingley said, “It’s the final step of a fifty-year process that has seen community work emerge as a recognisable community of practice, a Profession, distinct from social work or personal care work. Australian community work practitioners care about the public good and the welfare of others. Their quiet efforts deserve our acknowledgment. Joining the Council is our way of letting community workers, their clients, families, employers, policy-makers and the public know that they are recognised as skilled and valued Professionals.

ACWA was formed in November 1969 as a professional group distinct from social work. The organisation is running a year-long awareness campaign to help Australians appreciate and understand the work of ACWA members.

Welcome ACWA to the Australian Council of Professions!

The Most and Least Trusted Professions in Australia 2019

Not all jobs are equal.  A poll released today reveals that doctors are considered the most trustworthy profession in Australia, while scientists are the most trusted globally.  People would put their lives in your hands if you were in certain professions, whereas other occupations would see you treated with suspicion:

Australians don’t seem to put much trust in their politicians, with politicians generally ranking as the most untrustworthy profession, followed by advertising executives.

The 2019 Ipsos Global Trust in Professions Survey, completed online by adults aged 16-74 in 22 countries, showed that in Australia, Doctors are the most trustworthy profession (69%), followed by Scientists (62%), Teachers (60%), Armed Forces (58%) and the Police (56%).
The occupations most likely to be considered untrustworthy were politicians (64%), Government ministers (55%), Advertising executives (55%), Bankers (52%) and Clergy/Priests (42%).

Web Site Refresh

We have recently started refreshing and updating our website.
This follows the ‘soft’ and staged migration that commenced with email addresses and email lists as decided at our 2017 Strategic Review and Planning Day. The final step is the migration of our web site content to a more user-friendly content management system at the Professions.org.au domain.

Thank you for your patience with the transition.

Please let us know at WebMaster (at) Professions.org.au if you have any comments or experience any problems!

2019-20 Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan for 2019-20 was released today.

The development process had started with the 2019 Strategic Review and Planning day on 25 June 2019 in Melbourne. Members were invited to participate and two facilitators assisted the review and planning process.

In summary, our overall Purpose, Vision and Mission were re-confirmed with the goal of becoming “the Meeting Place” for Thought Leaders on all things Professional.

Stategic Plan 2019-20 Overview

A Strategic Review and Refresh Day is planned for April 2020.

AQF Review Submission

Our 2018 AQF Review Terms of Reference Session is was followed‐up in early 2019 with our active participation in the “Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review” lead by Prof. Peter Noonan who also keynoted at our inaugural National Summit on Micro‐Credentialing and Accreditation in Melbourne. We supported a targeted Review Session for Professional Associations, submitted formal recommendations on behalf of our Member Associations and enabled our Member Associations to directly converse about our Submission with the AQF Review Panel.

Our submisssion is at https://submissions.education.gov.au/Forms/AQF2019/Documents/109-Professions-Australia.pdf