Constitution Special General Meeting

Today the Australian Council of Professions Ltd at a Special General Meeting approved a new Constitution.

Generously hosted by Speech Pathology Australia in Melbourne, the only item of business before the SGM was approving the following a special resolution:

That the current constitution of the company be replaced with the proposed new constitution, a copy of which was circulated to each member with the notice of this meeting.

Our existing Constitution was adopted by members of the Australian Council of Professions (“Professions Australia”) in 2005. At the time it was considered a suitable constitutional framework to reflect the needs and wishes of the members. Increasingly however it has become outdated and difficult to manage. The Board believes it has reached the point where it is reasonable to consider it unworkable and seeks to replace it with a constitution which will better enable us to carry out our mission and achieve your vision.

The special resolution was unanimously approved, putting our new Constitution into immediate effect.

National Accreditation Best Practices Summit

In February 2018 we convened the inaugural National Professional Accreditation Best Practices Summit. The Summit was hailed by the participants as a very timely event with more than 140 participants, many intensive discussions between the higher‐education thought leaders in Australia and a communiqué ap‐ proved in the closing session.
The Summit was opened with a video address by Education Minister Birmingham

Minister Birmingham favourably mentioned the Summit in his speech to the ~1150 attendees at the University Australia Conference held a week later in Canberra, saying “Just last week, Professions Australia held a National Professional Accreditation Best Practice Summit, which was a great opportunity for participants to discuss the relationship between our higher education system, professional associations, industries and employers and students. This was an important and impressive initiative that demonstrates the commitment of the professional and university sectors to a collegiate approach regarding identification and adoption of good practice in professional accreditation.
Keynoters included Professor Mike Woods, Emeritus Professor Christine Ewan AM, the Hon Trish White, Anthony McClaran from TEQSA, Professor Kerri‐Lee Krause from Universities Australia as well as the Deputy Chairs of the Washington and Seoul Accords, Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Taylor AO and Pro‐ fessor Michael Johnson.

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 of 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 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’ 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 Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (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.