Who we are

We are the unifying alliance of Professional Associations that represents more than 930,000 Australian professionals including engineers, healthcare and computer professionals, veterinarians and accountants. A not‐for‐profit organisation, we are acknowledged by the community, industry and government as the Thought Leaders advocating for the Professions, Professionals and Professionalism since 1971.

Our Members are professional associations and supporting organisations that share the mission of building and maintaining community confidence in all professionals and their evidence-based advice in difficult times.

Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan

Our Purpose and the resulting Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan is set by our Member Organisations at our Strategic Review and Planning Days.

Strategic Plan Overview 2019-20


A/Prof Klaus D Veil FACHI FHL7 MAICD

Professional Profile

Julie Strous BVS GAICD

Professional Profile

Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI GAICD

Professional Profile

Jane MacMaster BE MA FIEAust CPEng EngExec  

Professional Profile

Dr Simon Eassom

Professional Profile

Dr Craig Horne MACS(Snr) IP3P GAICD
Director (resigned 31 Dec. 2020)

Professional Profile

Michael Carpenter BEng(hons) MBA GAICD

Professional Profile

Chair – Strategic Advisory Council

Professional Profile

Dr Ash Jones MA PhD
Head – Education and Accreditation Portfolio Committee

Professional Profile

Lynette Harris M.Ed GAICD
Co-opted board meeting participant

Professional Profile

Mark Lowy M.Sc MPM MBA
Co-opted board meeting participant

Professional Profile

Our Board comprises seven Directors which are elected for staggered two-year terms. The Board votes to appoint the President, Vice-President and Treasurer. No office bearer can hold any one office for more than nine years.

Policy Area Portfolios

In conjunction with our Strategic Plan we focus on three main areas that our Member Organisations are deeply interested in:
Education, Accreditation and Employability
Professionalism and Ethics
Diversity and Inclusion

Stucture and Constitution

The Australian Council of Professions Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee, ACN 059 999 914. Originally incorporated in 1971, our current Constitution was approved at the Annual General Meeting on 30 July 2020.

Past Presidents

1971 – 1972: The Hon. Dr Derek Freeman AM MLC
1975 – 1977: W. B. McKensey
1977 – 1979: Micheal O’Sullivan QC
1979 – 1981: Dr J Allen
1981 – 1983: Dr J Croker
1983 – 1985: Peter Davidson AM
1985 – 1987: Prof. Peter Johnson AC
1987 – 1989: G A Murphy AM
1989 – 1991: Dr H Lindsay Thompson AM
1991 – 1993: Warwick J. Wilkinson
1993 – 1995: Walter Stamm
1995 – 1997: Dr John Southwick
1997 – 1999: Joycelyn Morten BEc FCA FCPA FIPA FCIS FAICD
20xx – 2009: Frank Payne
2009 – 2011: Don S. Larkin B.Ec(ANU) MBA
2014 – 2016: Robert Boyd-Boland
2015 – 2017: Michael Catchpole MBA
2017 – 2018: Brenda Aynsley OAM

“Strive not to be a Success, but rather to be of Value”
Albert Einstein

If you would like more information, subscribe to our newsletter or
contact us on 1300 664 587 or CEO@Professions.org.au.