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 to 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

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

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.

Next Level for Professional Accreditation

Engineers Australia welcomes the Joint Statement of Principles for Professional Accreditation developed in cooperation with Universities Australia and Professions Australia.
Engineers Australia accredits all University undergraduate engineering courses, supporting the integrity of the profession,” said Ron Watts, Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice at Engineers Australia. “The Engineers Australia accreditation process is based on competency standards that are recognised globally through our membership of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). Engineers Australia is the only Australian professional association recognised by IEA to represent the engineering profession in Australia.

The Joint Statement of Principles – signed by Professions Australia President Michael Catchpole (left) and Chair of Universities Australia, Professor Barney Glover – is a joint undertaking by Universities Australia, representing 39 universities with 1.3 million students, and Professions Australia, representing 21 peak professional organisations including Engineers Australia.
Engineers Australia is the peak body for the engineering profession, representing more than 100,000 members from all disciplines of engineering and maintaining representation in every state and territory. “The agreement documents arrangements in place and will benefit both students and professionals,” Mr Watts said.

Read the Engineers Australia Media Release.