The last 12 months have seen unprecedented challenges for Australia and a driving question has been “Who can we trust?“. Many professionals have stepped-up to that challenge and shown that science-based, deeply considered expert guidance helps us successfully navigate the threats to our lives and livelihoods. Our Chief Professionalist Round-Table will start a nuanced conversation about halting the trust-erosion and redefining the authority and value of professional advice.
Following repeated requests to elevate professions by seeking to influence the policy and decision making environment in Australia, our Board in mid-2020 commenced planning the “Year of the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism” initiative, which seeks to champion the importance of individuals and governments following the evidence-based advice of professionals in difficult times. One path to achieving this in a technologically advanced, sophisticated and humane society is to always demonstrate trustworthiness by decision- and policy-making based on science, evidence and ethics. Professionals who display the highest levels of professionalism supported by their professional associations will ultimately allow our society to honour that trust.
Tanya Stephens BVSc MSc (IAWEL) MANZCVS FRCVS – Expert in ethics research, etc.
Philip N Argy BCom LLB FACS FRI – Barrister and Expert jn business cases for professionalism and ethics, etc.
Angelina Pillai BA (International Politics) Grad Cert (Harvard) FAIM – ACoP Head of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion
The Round-Table will be facilitated by our Head of Professionalism and Ethics Dr Ruth Ferraro PhD Fellow ARPI GAICD.
“Our Round-Table breaks new ground through conversations that explore which aspirations and possibilities for halting the trust-erosion and redefining the authority and value of professional advice Deen and the Experts can assist with .” said ACoP President A/Prof Klaus Veil. “We are keen to hear from our Member Organisations the challenges and maybe even ‘pain-points’ that their profession and its professionals have experienced during and coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
For more information on the Chief Professionalist Round-Table, please contact the Office of the Chief Professionalist on 1300 664 587 or at OCP@Professions.org.au!
From a perspective of transformation stimulated by intercultural exchange, ACoP’s Head of Professionalism Dr Ruth Ferraro will speak to her personal observations of her own journey towards trust and professionalism and the transformation that she pinpoints as her ‘brightest’ enlightenment through research on professionals and professionalism.
ACoP President A/Prof Klaus Veil will contribute his remarks from the viewpoint of an organisation celebrating its half-a-century anniversary by designating 2021 as the Year of the Professions. Professionals and Professionalism and tasked by its member associations to enhance community confidence in the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism and guide a transformation whose time has come towards science- and evidence-based policy-making.
The role of micro credentialing within the education ecosystem is increasing significant, yet there continues to be no commonly agreed standard within professional association accreditation practices. Many of our member organisations are grappling with the ways in which they might incorporate accredited micro credential programs into their current and future CPD/CPE offerings and how this might in turn attract advanced standing within the education ecosystem.
In order to promote dialogue around this important concept, ACoP is hosting a Round-Table for its Member Organisations on Thursday 29th April 2021 to hear from leaders discuss and debate: How will Professional Associations address higher-education micro-credential offerings within their current accreditation standards?
The Round Table program is:
Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table – Dr Asheley Jones, Head of Education and Accreditation, Australian Council of Professions
Overview of CA-ANZ’s Professional Accounting Micro-Credentialing Journey – Lisa Thomas, General Manager Learning Initiatives, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Professional Practice Credentials: An outcome-based Assessment Approach– Glenn Campbell, CEO, DeakinCo. the commercial arm of Deakin University
Reverse-Engineering cross-sector Skills Transferability through Micro-Credentialing Initiatives – Dr Simon Eassom, Executive General Manager Education, CPA Australia
RMIT Digital Credentials: a Case Study in Building Industry-Relevant Digital Certification for Future-Proofing the Professions – Dr Darien Rossiter, Principal Advisor to the DVC Education, RMIT
Micro-Credentialing Capability in the ICT Industry – Louise Smith, Director Education & Workforce Development, ACS
The Engineering Credential Journey to Date – Emmanuelle Wintergerst, National Manager Credentials Development, Engineers Australia
Open Discussion on the Topic
Next Steps and Close
Dr Ash Jones MA PhD GAICD Head – Education and Accreditation Portfolio
The Australian federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs The Hon Alex Hawke MP has invited the Australian Council of Professions to serve on his Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM).
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing upsurges and urgencies in collecting and analysing health data, the issue of managing and using this data in a professional and ethical manner arises. It is necessary to both comply with current privacy legislation and to maintain the public’s confidence and willingness to provide information. The Workshop explored these questions and posited suitable strategies that support these collection requirements while maintaining ethical and professional standards.
Key discussion points were:
New health data collection requirements due to COVID-19
New types of data collected due to COVID-19
New uses of the collected data
Issues posed by these new requirements, types and uses of health data
Overview of applicable existing legislation and regulations
Overview of applicable ethical and professional best practices
2020 saw unprecedented challenges for Australians and their institutions. Faced with an unknown virus pandemic, the public and governments trusted the Chief Medical/Health Officers as professionals providing science-based, ethical and responsible thought-leadership and advice to survive this threat to lives and livelihoods.
We are celebrating our 50-year anniversary by declaring 2021 as the “Year of the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism“. We will use our anniversary to engage with the broader community and public to advocate for the purpose and value of the professions, professionals and professionalism. With our member organisations we will plan, coordinate and convene events large and small throughout 2021 that will exemplify the value of the professions, their professionals and professionalism. We will also be working with exemplars of various professions to champion the importance of individuals and governments following the evidence-based advice of professionals in difficult times which includes leveraging the profile that the Chief Medical/Health Officers have gained over the last 10 months in the public eye as trusted advisers and leaders in the pandemic.
Well-established professions occupy a position of privilege and inclusion in the provision of services and lawmaking machinery of societies. It is a desirable position to which communities of practice aspire, however realising this status presents a dilemma for the entities representing neo-professions, emerging professions, sub-specialisations, occupational groups and para-professions.
In fulfilling our remit to explore this challenge with our Members and invited guests, we are holding a Round-Table on this topic.
The programme is:
Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table
The Story so far – Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA, Imm Past President Project Management Institute
Demystifying Professional Schemes, Advances for Occupational Groups – Roxane Marcell-Shaw, CEO Professional Standards Authority
The Route to Professionalisation – Dr Ruth Ferraro, Fellow of ARPI GAICD
Open Discussion on the Topic
Identifying Points of Consensus
Next Steps & Close
Roxane Marcelle-Shaw CEO – Professional Standards Authority
Ruth’s interest in the phenomenon of professions and professionalism was sparked in the early 2000s where she undertook a “Can we Educate for Professionalism?” project for the emergent financial planning profession. Ruth then undertook PhD research at the Work-based Learning Institute, Middlesex University UK entitled “From the intransitive to the transitive – emerging the Australian tax profession as a profession in its own right” which she intends to utilise in a number of our projects. “With over 25 years in executive roles in education with 20 of those years spent in membership bodies for a wide range of professions: medical sub-specialisation, law, accounting, financial planning, etc. I have gained a deep insight into the life-cycle and maturity of professions.” says Ruth.
One of Ruth’s first activities will be to lead the Emerging Professions initiative, which we have created following conversations with existing and prospective members. This input has highlighted that new professions and professionals moving into new areas of practice have created interesting challenges. Ruth’s other activities will be to create and action high-level communications in the domain of professionalism as well as assisting ACoP in its thought leadership and engagement with high-level individuals and organisations.
“I am delighted that Ruth has joined us at a time where the purpose, value and maturity of professions has very much moved into the public eye. The emergence of the concepts of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ as well as the healthcare and climate challenges in the last 12 months make the public’s clear understanding of the role and value of professionals, their ethics and professionalism in difficult times all the more important” said President Klaus Veil.
Micro-Credentials, Experiential Learning, etc. are examples of some rapid developments in the pathways of becoming a professional. Many of our member organisations are currently exploring and working on what progression to the membership of a Professional Association might look like in the future.
Our Round-Table will explore possible future pathways to professional standing and eligibility for membership of Professional Associations. If there is consensus on basic principles of potential future pathways to become a professional, we may capture these as possible guidance for the Professional Associations sector.
Opening, Introductions, Purpose and Rules of the Round-Table
ALIA’s work to date on Future Pathways to Professional Standing Sue McKerracher, CEO & Kate Bunker, Director of Learning – Australian Library and Information Association
Assessing Academic Qualification Equivalence Bernadette Foley FIEAust CPEng, National Manager Professional Standards – Engineers Australia
Adapting Professional Frameworks for Rapidly Evolving Specialisations Rupert Grayston, CEO and Jarred Stein, Operations Manager Skills Assessment – Australian Computer Society
Challenges of Professions without long-standing Tertiary Qualifications Jesu Jacob, Acting CEO – Australian Community Workers Association
Open discussion on the topic
Identifying points of consensus
We thank our member organisation Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) for their support of the Round Table. For more information, please contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.