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 March 2020.

Professionalism and Ethics Forum 2018

We held a Members-Only Forum on Professionalism and Ethics on 17 November 2018 in Melbourne. Dr Wim VanDeKerckhove PhD, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW) at the University of Greenwich UK and a global leader in whistleblowing management standards gave the keynote. This was followed by presentations by A/Prof Eva Tsahuridu from RMIT and Barrister Philip Argy, Law Council of Australia.
A very comprehensive discussion ensued on how professionalism and its underlying culture of ethics (e.g. “Doing the Right Thing when Nobody is Looking”) defines our society and ensures its well‐being ‐ by professionals defending our citizens from the ill effects of “alternative facts”, “fake news”, “self‐appointed experts” and “profits before clients” conduct.

Our Professionalism and Ethics Commitee is planning to progress the outcomes of the Forum at a larger event next year.

Brenda Aynsley Tribute

“On behalf of the Board of the Australian Council of Professions, I am saddened to advise of the passing last weekend of our friend, colleague and former President, Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP.
Brenda was respected by us all as a leader and mentor within the Australian Computer Society, the Australian Council of Professions and across the professions that our organisation represents.  She was fearless in her advocacy of the value of professionalism and the maintenance of the highest standards of professional and ethical practice.
Brenda served as our President in 2017-18 and as President of the Australian Computer Society in 2014-15.  She was chair and immediate past chair of the International Professional Practice Program (IP3).”

ACoP President Klaus Veil, 15 August 2018

Please see the tributes to Brenda Aynsley in the ‘InformationAge’ newsletter of our member, the Australian Computer Society ACS.

At the Tribute event for Brenda hosted by our Member Association the Australian Computer Society in Melbourne, we were honoured to announce the Brenda Aynsley Memorial Lecture on Professionalism.

Vale Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP

ICT Manager Wins YPY 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.

The Heart of Professionalism

A recent poll about 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.


AFR Client Choice Awards 2016

As a sponsor of the prestigious AFR Client Choice Awards since their inception in 2004, our President Michael Catchpole presented the 2016 Best Professional Award in front of an audience of more than 300 professional services attendees.

The award category winners were:
– Martin Jones (Ferrier Hodgson)
– Quentin Digby (Herbert Smith Freehills)


For more information on our support of the Client Choice Awards, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.

The Future of Professions and Professionalism

Professions Australia members and their guests met in Sydney on 4 November to explore and discuss the Future of the Professions and Professionalism in the Age of Digitisation – a compelling and crucial topic for the professions.

Mr Alex Malley will deliver the keynote address on the Future of the Professions. President of Professions Australia, Mr Michael Catchpole will lead a thought-provoking panel discussion with special guest panellists:
– Dr George Beaton, Executive Chairman, Beaton Research + Consulting
– Ms Brenda Aynsley, President of the Australian Computer Society


Read the full press release here.