Transforming to an Online Organisation

Professions Australia (incorporated as the Australian Council of Professions Ltd – ACoP) has begun the process of transitioning to fully online operations.

Based on the 2017 Strategic Review which addressed the purpose, positioning and presentation of our organisation, we have also reviewed our modus of day-to-day operations. With the Board and CEO geographically spread across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and the ACT and many meetings already being held by video- and/or tele-conferencing, it was determined that it would be beneficial to complete our transition to on-line operations.

Our ‘Agile Office’ at the Canberra Hyatt

The main component of this transition is transferring the remainder of our current documents to our online filing system DropBox and migrating our bookkeeping system to cloud-based Xero. We expect to give our last (empty!) filing cabinets to charity later this year!

Working online also changes the operational culture of an organisation. We will become more agile as we work and meet whereever our member organisations are – using their premises, hotel business lounges and ‘hot-desks’, rather than being ‘locked away’ in a physical office. We believe this approach also benefits those in our leadership who have family duties, as they can work for us from home having full access to all our resources. We thank our member the Australian Computer Society for provisioning us with hot-desk facilities in their locations accross Australia!

We hope that our transition to a fully online operating organisation will allow us to be even more agile in meeting the needs of our membership.

Professions Australia welcomes Action

The appointment by CPA Australia of a panel to review claims relating to the use of CPA Australia members’ funds has been welcomed by the nation’s peak professional body, the Australian Councel of Professions.

ACoP President Brenda Aynsley OAM said this action to address claims and criticisms made by some CPA members was an appropriate response. “It’s important for CPA Australia and its members that the review addresses these matters and ensures that both members and the public continue to have confidence in the accounting profession and in all professionals working in any capacity in our community,” Ms Aynsley said. “Professions Australia as the peak body for professional associations works with our members to encourage the highest professional standards by all professionals and continued good governance on the part of organisations working to protect the public.

See Press Release.

Trust in Professions Survey 2017

Health professionals continue to be Australia’s most trusted profession with Nurses again being seen as the most highly regarded, followed by Doctors and Pharmacists.

In the Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2017 released today, 94% of Australians (up 2% from 2016) rated Nurses ‘very high’ or ‘high’ for their ‘ethics and honesty’. Nurses have topped the annual survey for 23 years running since being included for the first time in 1994.

Nurses are followed by Doctors on 89% (up 3%), Pharmacists on 84% (down 2%) and Dentists on 79% (up 4%). Only School Teachers on 81% (up 4%) and Engineers on 80% (up 2%) prevent a clean sweep at the top for healthcare professionals.

Sustainable Development Goals Briefing

Today we held a Member Briefing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, generously hosted by our Member the Australian Library and Information Association.

The Sustainable Development Goals, developed and promulgated by the United Nations, are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for our planet ant its people – now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for sustainability action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

Strategic Planning Session 2017

Our 2017 Strategic Review and Planning Day was held in Melbourne today, generously hosted by our Member Speech Pathology Australia.

Topics for the Strategic Review and Planning session were:

We had invited our member associations to attend our strategic planning and were delighted to welcome the Australasian College of Health Informatics, the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Engineers Australia, the Australian Dental Council and the Safety Institute of Australia in joining our deliberations.


The outcomes of the Strategic Review Session included:

  • Publicise the tag-line “Unifying Alliance of Professional Associations in Australia” which had been adopted at the 2016 AGM to clearly express our purpose.
  • Re-emphasise our original incorporated name ‘Australian Council of Professions’ to eliminate any uncertainty and confusion with similarly named entities.
  • Align our logos with the above naming.
  • Undertake a ‘soft migration’ from .com.au to Professions.org.au which more precisely reflects us as an incorporated not-for-profit and public-good organisation.

Our CEO Liz Lang also signed a MOU with TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaren:

PA signs MoU with TEQSA

The Australian Council of Professions (ACoP or “Professions Australia”) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency that will allow for greater collaboration and sharing of information between the two organisations.

At the MOU signing during our 2017 Strategic Planning Day, TEQSA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Anthony McClaran, said the agreement further strengthened the existing relationship between two organisations who both share a strong interest in protecting the quality of Australian higher education.  “I am very pleased for the opportunity to formalise this arrangement with Professions Australia which will see us work closely to share information,” Mc McClaran said.  “The relationships we are building with industry professional bodies will ultimately assist TEQSA to streamline regulation and reduce the accreditation demand on providers.” 

Professions Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Liz Lang, said she was delighted to sign the agreement on behalf of member associations who represent more than 420,000 professionals nationwide.  “This MoU will help TEQSA to reach out and increase its engagement with the professional associations represented by Professions Australia and enable information sharing and collaboration between TEQSA and the professions,” Ms Lang said.  “We have a mutual interest in maintaining and improving the quality of higher education for students who graduate and practise as professionals across Australia.

Read the TEQSA Press Release.

If you are interested in more information about our collaboration with TEQSA, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

ICT Manager Wins YPY 2016 Award

Yohan De Silva, a member of our Member Association Australian Computer Society (ACS), was awarded our Young Professional of the Year Award for 2016.


Accepting the award, Yohan said, “It’s an absolute honour to be named the Young Professional of the Year for 2016 and be recognised at the highest level by Professions Australia, the peak body representing professional associations in Australia.
Being a professional is not just about doing your job – it’s about contributing to your community whether that’s local, international or global and sharing ideas with your colleagues across the professions.

Please see our joint media statement with the ACS


If you have any questions about the YPY, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

Spatial Scientists and Librarians join Professions Australia

Professions Australia is pleased to announce that the Surveying and Spatial Scientists Institute (SSSI) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have joined the national peak body for professional associations.

”We’re delighted that SSSI and ALIA have joined the growing membership of Professions Australia who are passionate about consumer information and protection, professional standards and practice, ethics, continuing professional development and sharing the expertknowledge and skills that are at the heart of being a professional.
” said PA CEO Liz Lang.

Chris Malouf, SSSI General Manager, says, “Being a member of Professions Australia will help us maintain and enhance the professional standards and standing of our members and importantly promote dialogue across the professions which is critical to Australia’s social and economic future.

SueMcKerracher, Chief Executive Officer of ALIA, said: “ALIA has joined Professions Australia because our interests align in the important areas of professional education and advocacy. The library and information profession supports the values of fairness, equity and the free flow of information and ideas, which in turn support the Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda and the international Sustainable Development Goals.

Read the full press release here.

The Heart of Professionalism

A recent poll of the ethics and honesty of 30 occupations supports the high standing of professions who have professional standards, ethical behaviour and on-going professional development at heart.

The annual Roy Morgan telephone survey on the Image of Professions conducted last week (4-5 May) asked 655 Australian men and women aged 14 and over to rate 30 occupations on their honesty and ethical standards. Ninety-two per cent of respondents ranked nurses as the most ethical and honest profession in 2016. This was the 22nd year in a row that nurses have achieved this top ranking. High ranking professions in 2016 included: Doctors 86% (up 2%), Pharmacists 86% (up 2%), Engineers 78% (up 4%), School Teachers 77% (down 1%), Dentists 75% (up 4%), Police 72% (up 3%), High Court Judges 71% (up 3%) and State Supreme Court Judges 70% (up 1%). The professions who increased their score in this poll from 2015 included Engineers 78% (up 4%), Accountants 51% (up 6%) and Lawyers 35% (up 4%).

Read the full report here.