Micro-Credential Round Table

The role of micro credentialing within the education ecosystem is increasing significant, yet there continues to be no commonly agreed standard within professional association accreditation practices. Many of our member organisations are grappling with the ways in which they might incorporate accredited micro credential programs into their current and future CPD/CPE offerings and how this might in turn attract advanced standing within the education ecosystem.

In order to promote dialogue around this important concept, ACoP is hosting a Round-Table for its Member Organisations on Thursday 29th April 2021 to hear from leaders discuss and debate:
How will Professional Associations address higher-education micro-credential offerings within their current accreditation standards?

The Round Table program is:

  • Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table Dr Asheley Jones, Head of Education and Accreditation, Australian Council of Professions
  • Overview of CA-ANZ’s Professional Accounting Micro-Credentialing JourneyLisa Thomas, General Manager Learning Initiatives, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Professional Practice Credentials: An outcome-based Assessment Approach Glenn Campbell, CEO, DeakinCo. the commercial arm of Deakin University
  • Reverse-Engineering cross-sector Skills Transferability through Micro-Credentialing Initiatives Dr Simon Eassom, Executive General Manager Education, CPA Australia
  • RMIT Digital Credentials: a Case Study in Building Industry-Relevant Digital Certification for Future-Proofing the Professions Dr Darien Rossiter, Principal Advisor to the DVC Education, RMIT
  • Micro-Credentialing Capability in the ICT Industry – Louise Smith, Director Education & Workforce Development, ACS
  • The Engineering Credential Journey to Date – Emmanuelle Wintergerst, National Manager Credentials Development, Engineers Australia
  • Open Discussion on the Topic
  • Next Steps and Close


Dr Ash Jones MA PhD GAICD
Head – Education and Accreditation Portfolio

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Lisa Thomas
General Manager Learning Initiatives – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
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Glenn Campbell
CEO – DeakinCo. the commercial arm of Deakin University

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Dr Simon Eassom
Executive General Manager Education – CPA Australia

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Dr Darien Rossiter PhD
Principal Advisor to the DVC Education, RMIT

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Louise Smith
Director Education & Workforce Development – ACS

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Emmanuelle Wintergerst FIEAust CPEng
National Manager Credentials Development – Engineers Australia

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

Sydney Uni Researches Professional Ethics

Professionals encounter ethical challenges in their work.  Sydney University PhD student Anne Quain is seeking to find out what support is accessed by professionals when navigating these situations, and what kind of support is offered by professional associations.

As part of her research, Anne has developed in consultation with ACoP a survey for members of professional associations around the ethical challenge of noticing suspected ethical misconduct by a colleague: https://redcap.sydney.edu.au/surveys/?s=L7WMY84DHX The survey is completely anonymous and will take 5-10 minutes.

The findings will be used to inform ACoP and professional associations how they can best support their members who are experiencing ethically challenging situations.

If you would like more information about the survey or the underlying ‘Guiding for Professionalism‘ project, contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

Professional Organisation Development Expert joins ACoP

To further enhance our capability to support the professionalising of communities of practice, in particular the development of a framework to assist the development of Professional Associations, we have engaged a renowned expert in developing professional associations.

Mark Lowy MBA MPM BSc PMP PgMP has joined our Office of the CEO to advance the professionalisation of emerging professions, with an early focus on the development of a framework that emerging professions can use to plan and progress their efforts to be more formally recognised as a profession. “With over 25 years as project management practitioner, along with formal education and several certifications in project management, I have gained a deep insight into the life-cycle and maturity of project management as a profession and other professions more broadly.” says Mark.

President Klaus Veil is delighted about this enhancement of ACoP’s capability. “Many of our Member Organisations have asked how we can support them in attaining the levels of privilege and inclusion that well-established professions occupy.  I am delighted that Mark has been able to join us to share his deep experience in developing professional associations.” he said. “We expect that our professionalism maturity assessment framework will become the foundation for the ability to better recognise the authority and value of professionals and their professions. In challenging times where people ask “Who can we Trust?” this will be essential to halt the trust-erosion and redefine the authority and value of professional advice.” said Professor Veil.

One of Mark’s first activities will be to progress the development of the professionalism maturity assessment framework as prioritised in our 2021 Operational Plan. Read more about Mark’s backgound at www.linkedin.com/in/marklowy

Welcome Mark!

Diversity, Culture and Inclusion? On IWD 2021, let’s start with including Culturally Diverse Women!

There are so many facets to diversity. Diversity is a broad-based area that comprises of gender, LGBTIQA+, race, ethnicity, migration status, age and disability to name a few. In the context of International Womens Day 2021, we asked Angelina Pillai, CEO of the Association of Consulting Architects, to share with us her reflections on these challenges.

“Knowing what diversity means is one thing. Knowing how to address diversity is another. And that is what inclusion is. The ‘how’. How are we, you and the wider professions, addressing these issues and embedding diversity and inclusive culture principles in your workplaces, in your teams and as part of your professional duty?

My first anthropology assignment at Adelaide University back in 1990 was to critically analyse Sherry Ortner’s feminist literature asking the question, Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture? (1974). Once I recovered from the mild conniption that I suffered as a fresh international student from Malaysia where critically analysing anything, let alone an expert who has spent the best part of their life researching their work was considered an academic crime; I realised that there was more to this than I wanted to believe at the time.

There is so much to unpack here, but I won’t go into the details of her work, as I don’t recall being overly affected by those findings then and I would much rather forget the miserable mark I suffered in 1990 as a result of not ‘critically analysing’ anything in that piece. And secretly, I thought things would be different when I hit middle-age. Then I hit middle-age and reflected on my own upbringing in an International Women’s Day message on the importance of seeing strong women leaders in public life, and the need to push for basic human rights for all, not just women. Similarly, my International Men’s Day reflections spoke to a similar theme.

But decades on, the story is still the same and the pendulum of culture has not really swung. Sherry Ortner may have written about the nature-culture dichotomy in an era when women as a class were struggling for recognition and validation of their differences, however, the issues around gender, inclusivity, equality, equity, diversity and respect are rife now more so than ever. Women are still nowhere near where we should be with representation at the board table, community leadership, workforce participation, politics and the never-ending saga of the gender pay gap, to name but a few battles we face.

The recent alleged cases plaguing Parliament are just the tip of the iceberg and as we examine the unimaginable inequalities that have been haunting women, we unravel a compelling feature of our society that needs urgent action. I will refrain from regurgitating the plethora of these news and media stories on gender pay gap, sexual harassment and injustices of women’s rights as there are too many to cite. But are these matters of plain ignorance, blatant or unconscious biases, discrimination, lack of professional integrity and ethics or just bad luck? One could argue that they are a combination of all and then some…”

Over the course of the coming months, ACoP through its Diversity, Culture and Inclusion Portfolio Committee will be working with thought leaders and experts in discussing, debating and delivering outcomes across the range of diversity, culture and inclusion principles. Part of this initiative will see a series of Round-Tables and panel discussions that are aimed at ensuring diversity, culture and inclusion are at the forefront of professional practice as we dissect these policy and advocacy areas to establish the core priorities in support of this agenda.

For more details on the work of our Diversity, Culture and Inclusion Portfolio Committee please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professioms.org.au.

ACoP joins Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration

The Australian federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs The Hon Alex Hawke MP has invited the Australian Council of Professions to serve on his Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM).

The purpose of this Ministerial Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Minister on Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled migration programs and associated matters. MACSM is a tripartite body, comprising of industry, unions, State and Territory government representatives and any other members nominated by the Minister.

MACSM advises the Minister on:

  • policy settings to optimise the contribution of skilled migration to Australia’s economy, including in regional Australia, and in attracting the best and the brightest
  • the size and composition of Australia’s temporary and permanent skilled migration programs
  • skill shortages in the labour market which cannot be met from the domestic labour force and domestic training and education programs
  • opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens and costs on Australian businesses seeking to access visa programs to fill genuine skilled vacancies
  • policies to ensure that Australian workers are afforded priority in the labour market
  • the role of State and Territory governments in skilled and business migration
  • the adequacy of regulatory powers of the Department of Home Affairs to ensure integrity and detect and prevent practices which are inconsistent with the intent of the programs
  • strategies to ensure Australia’s migration programs contribute to Australia’s security, prosperity and economic recovery post COVID-19.

At the MACSM’s initial meeting, we found that ACoP was the only stakeholder representing the professions. We therefore were able to put forward views that we had collated from our member organisations and that would otherwise .

If you would like more information on our participation in MACSM, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

ACoP delivers Invited Workshop on Ethics in Data Analytics

In its Year of the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism, the Australian Council of Professions was invited to deliver a Professionalism and Ethics Workshop at the Health Informatics and Knowledge Management Conference (HIKM 2021) within the 2021 Australasian Computer Science Week (ASCW).

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing upsurges and urgencies in collecting and analysing health data, the issue of managing and using this data in a professional and ethical manner arises. It is necessary to both comply with current privacy legislation and to maintain the public’s confidence and willingness to provide information. The Workshop explored these questions and posited suitable strategies that support these collection requirements while maintaining ethical and professional standards.

Key discussion points were:

  • New health data collection requirements due to COVID-19
  • New types of data collected due to COVID-19
  • New uses of the collected data
  • Issues posed by these new requirements, types and uses of health data
  • Overview of applicable existing legislation and regulations
  • Overview of applicable ethical and professional best practices

Hosted by the University of Otago, New Zealand, the Workshop was well-attended and the topical discussions were lively and very interactive. The Workshop presenters ACoP President Klaus Veil and ACoP Head of the Professionalism Portfolio Dr Ruth Ferraro outlined a number of practical ethical problem situations and answered the many questions from the audience.

Workshop details are at www.ACSW.org.au/events/2021-hikm-practical-ethical-and-professional-considerations-in-health-data-analytics-tutorial.

For access to the recording of the Workshop, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or at CEO@Professions.org.au.