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.
The ACoP Board is delighted to announce that our organisation is now part of the regional associations body Asia-Pacific Federation of Associations (APFAO). As a member of the Asia-Pacific Federations been accepted as a member of the …
advocating towards the betterment of the sector and professionals working in these associations.
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has appointed Dr Julie Strous as a Director of the Australian Council of Professions. A veterinarian and executive director of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Julie fills the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Catherine Garvey in April.
Prior to her twenty years with the AVBC, Julie worked in veterinary practice and also pursued her interest in natural and agricultural environments by establishing the Methodist Ladies College wilderness campus near Mallacoota.
Julie has been a co-chair of our Professionalism and Ethics Portfolio Committee since 2018. As a plenary speaker on ethics at the World Organisation for Animal Health 2016 conference in Thailand, Julie outlined the emerging pressures on professionals to put business interests before public interest. As such, her focus and passion for the ethical conduct of professionals is on-going and will be a well-regarded voice on the ACoP Board. “I am delighted that Julie is joining the Board – in a time of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ our focus and advocacy of evidence-based policy-making has become vital to ensure that Australians survive challenges such as the disastrous bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic” said ACoP Board President Klaus Veil.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Dr Strous has several career strands that come together for her role on the ACoP board: governance, professionalism and achieving change through managing people. “I believe that culture is core in ensuring a board maintains its integrity. Board members need the curiosity and courage to delve into issues and ask questions whilst maintaining a collaborative team environment.” says Julie, “And in a rapidly changing environment, this enables a Board to effectively respond to the challenges facing professionals and their professionalism.” Julie’s term runs through to the 2021 Annual General Meeting.
We are delighted that a further well-regarded leader of a professional accreditation body has joined us in taking our organisation forward in a time when higher education and the accreditation of professional courses is facing ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges.
We welcome Michael Carpenter BEng(hons) MBA GAICD, CEO of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, who joins Lynette Harris M.Ed (Director – Navitas Professional), Dr Ash Jones (Head – ACoP Education & Accreditation Portfolio), Dr Nick Tate FACS CP CEng (Chair – ACoP Strategic Advisory Council) and Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA (Imm. Past President – Project Management Institute, Melbourne) as co-opted members of our leadership team, separate to our elected Directors.
Michael joined APAC as its CEO in September 2017. Prior to that he was the Director of Accreditation at the Australian Dental Council and the Director of Regulation and Review at TEQSA, the Federal Government’s Higher Education Regulator. He has also worked at the British Psychological Society, in international leadership development and management consulting.
Michael’s valuable expertise will assist the Australian Council of Professions in achieving the strategic goals and projects that our Member organisations have recently re-affirmed us to focus on:
The main focus for the COVID-19 Business Recovery Council is to map a safe way forward for small/medium businesses as well as professional practices. This includes not only safe operating and trading but also enhancing online operation and goods/service delivery as well as ‘re-inventing’ businesses for the post-pandemic period.
The Council advises the National Cabinet through Nev Power’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC).
We are delighted that three well-regarded leaders of professional and educational organisations have joined us in taking our organisation forward to be even more widely recognised and influential as the Unifying Alliance of Professional Associations in Australia.
We welcome Julie Strous BVS GAICD (Executive Director – Australasian Veterinary Boards Council), Lynette Harris M.Ed (Director – Navitas Professions) and Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA (Imm. Past President – Project Management Institute, Melbourne) who join Dr Nick Tate FACS CP CEng (Chair – ACoP Strategic Advisory Council) and Dr Ash Jones (Head – ACoP Education & Accreditation Portfolio) as co-opted members of our leadership team, separate to our elected Directors.
They will help steer the Australian Council of Professions to achieve the projects and activities that our Member organisations have requested us to undertake:
As a sponsor of the prestigious Client Choice Awards since their inception in 2004, we are disappointed by the need to convert the 2020 ‘Best Professional’ Awards from a gala presentation night to an online event. However, we very much support the decision to be good global citizens and not encourage non-essential mass travel so as to reduce risk to all involved.
ACoP was looking forward to presenting and celebrating with all the Finalists the “Best Professional” Award at what was shaping up to be the biggest and best presentation night yet. However, in light of the recent developments in the international spread of the COVID-19 virus and continuing uncertainty about if or when it will be declared a pandemic, the organisers did not believe it would be responsible to hold the awards event in Melbourne.
Notwithstanding the COVID-19 lock-downs and travel restrictions, the clients have voted and selected both Finalists and Winners who will today be announced in the Australian Financial Review, on the Client Choice web site and on social media.
Congratulations to George Beaton on maintaining the continuity of the annual awards for over 15 years, to the finalists for maintaining their professionalism in providing services in difficult times and of course to the 2020 winners!