Professionalism and Ethics Forum 2018

A Members-Only Round-Table on Professionalism and Ethics was held by ACoP on 17 November 2018 in Melbourne. A keynote by 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 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 Round-Table 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 former President, colleague and friend, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.