Micro-Credentials Summit 7&8 March

The inaugural National Micro‐Credentials Accreditation
Summit on 7&8 March in Melbourne was a run‐away success with over 270 registrations. We had to extend the event to two days and change the venue twice to accommodate the interest in the Summit!

After an inspiring Welcome to Country our keynoters Marcus O’Donnell (Pro‐Vice‐Chancellor Education, Deakin University), The Hon Trish White (National President and Chair, Engineers Australia), Prof Susan Elliott AM (DVC Education, Monash University), Prof Peter Noonan (AQF Review and VU), Anthony McClaran (CEO, TEQSA), Dr Simon Eassom (Executive General Manager Education, CPA Australia), Glenn Campbell (Executive Director, DeakinCo), etc. highlighted the various opportunities, aspects and challenges that Micro‐Credentials bring.

Overall, the speakers and participants agreed that Micro‐Credentials are well and truly upon us with all university speakers confirming that their programs to create and deliver Micro‐Credential units are well advanced or have already commenced. However, the issues of how Micro‐Credentials are evaluated and accredited as well as if they will eventually replace the traditional undergraduate degrees are still quite unclear and need more deliberations ‐ see the Summit Communiqué below. These questions will be explored in the two Round‐Tables in Sydney and Melbourne!

In another first, five of our Member Associations awarded CPD/CPE points to participants.

A very special Thank You to Dr Ash Jones and the team at DeakinCo for their generous support!


Klaus Veil FACHI/FAIDH FHL7 – Convener and Summit Chair

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.

International Women’s Day 2018

This year again we participated in the International Women’s Day celebration held National Surveyors House in Deakin, Canberra.

Organised by the Australia India Business Council ACT ‘Women in Business’ Chapter, the event celebrated the ‘Colour of Versatility’ and was lead by Anna Palathinkal from our Member Professional Association the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). Special guest for the evening was The Honourable Speaker for the ACT Legislative Assembly, Ms Joy Burch. The event was attended by a number of successful women influencers from the ACT, inlcuding our CEO Ms Liz Lang who gave a short speech.

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.

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.

Modern Professional Practice and its Future

Today we attended the UNSW “Modern Professional Practice and its Future” Conference hosted by Allens in Sydney which was an outstanding program. It was great to see many of our ACoP members there.

Professor Richard Susskind, via video-link from London, outlined the arguments of his co-authored book “The Future of the Professions”. He contends that there will be a steady decline in the need for human professionals over the next 20-30 years, that machines will become increasingly capable taking on new tasks and decision-making, and that para-professionals with empathetic listening skills will rise in importance.
Other panel commentators Graham Greenleaf, Lyria Bennett-Moses, and Deen Sanders did not paint such a bleak future for the professions, instead contending that Richard Susskind is overly optimistic about the role of machines (“Artificial Intelligence”) and that humans will always have a need for trusted advice/professional engagement.

The one-day conference showcased the ARC linkage research on professions, professional obligation and regulation in the 21st century by a team combining academics from leading Australian and overseas universities and professionals from the Professional Standards Councils.

The conference explored topics such as:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance: Compensating Consumers and Regulating Professionals?
  • Structural Types of Professional Regulation – Comparative Examples from Australia and the UK
  • Inventing the Future: Professions and Digitally Enabled Work.


Professions Australia (ACoP) is leading the discussion around the future of the professions – read about our November 2015 Forum on the Future of Professions and Professionalism.