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Australian Psychological Society

Australian Psychological Society
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HeadquartersLevel 11, 257 Collins Street
Melbourne, Australia
Frances Mirabelli
Ros Knight

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is one of the professional associations for psychologists in Australia. The APS claims to have more than 22,000 members, making it the largest professional body representing psychologists in Australia.[1] The Society's Code of Ethics was adopted in 2007[2] and became the Code of Ethics for the profession in Australia in 2010 when it was taken up by the newly-formed[3]Psychology Board of Australia.[4][5] The APS also provides members with recommendations of appropriate fees to charge for their professional services.[6]


Eligibility for full membership (MAPS) of the APS is complicated (see the website for details). In most cases, full, general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - will ensure eligibility. [7]

Other levels of membership are available, such as associate membership (Assoc. MAPS), for psychologists with provisional registration with AHPRA. Undergraduate students studying any APAC accredited psychology units are eligible to become APS student subscribers. This subscription is dependent on continuing study in psychology.

Around 60% of all state registered psychologists are APS members, and student subscribers represent 12% of members. Of this, the gender breakdown by members is 74% female and 26% male.[8]


All Australian psychologists are bound by the APS Code of Ethics. 'The Code' was adopted by the registering authority, The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), in 2010. The PsyBA works together with AHPRA to register psychologists. In Australia, the term 'psychologist' is protected and only those registered with AHPRA may use it. Registration with any other professional body, such as the APS, is optional.


The following have been Presidents of the Society.[9]

President Term PsyBA Endorsement(s)
Ros Knight 2018 - present Clinical, Counselling
Anthony Cichello 2016-2018 Clinical, Counselling, Health
Mike Kyrios 2014-2016 Clinical
Tim Hannan 2012-2014 Clinical, Clinical Neuro, Forensic, Health, Educational & Developmental, Sport & Exercise
Simon Crowe 2010-2012 Clinical, Clinical Neuro, Forensic
Bob Montgomery 2008-2010 Clinical, Health, Forensic
Amanda Gordon 2006-2008 Clinical, Health
Amanda Gordon 2004-2006 Clinical, Health
Paul R. Martin 2002-2004 Clinical, Health
Paul R. Martin 2000-2002 Clinical, Health
Bruce J. Crowe 1998-2000
Bruce J. Crowe 1996-1998
Barry J. Fallon 1994-1996
Kevin McConkey 1993-1994
Susan Kelly 1992-1993
Frank D. Naylor 1991-1992
Barry McGaw 1990-1991
John K. Collins 1989-1990
Gordon V. Stanley 1988-1989
Leon Mann 1987-1988
Donald McNicol 1986-1987
Daphne M. Keats 1985-1986
Malcolm B. Macmillan
Ian Waterhouse
Clive Williams 1983-1984
Ian K. Waterhouse 1982-1983
Michael C. Knowles 1981-1982
Ronald C. King 1980-1981
Kenneth C. Gray 1979-1980
Norman T. Feather 1978-1979
Peter Sheehan 1977-1978
A. George Owens 1976-1977
George Singer 1975-1976
Alastair Heron 1974-1975
Alexander M. Clarke 1973-1974
Ronald W. Cumming 1972-1973
Mary C. Nixon 1971-1972
Aubrey J. Yates 1970-1971
John A. Keats 1969-1970
Sydney H. Lovibond 1968-1969
Alex (Tim) J. Marshall 1967-1968
Ross H. Day 1966-1967
Richard A. Champion 1966


The APS organises a number conferences every year:

In 2015, the APS is running the following conferences:

  • [1] 2nd College of Counselling Psychologists College Conference in Melbourne (26 February - 1 March)
  • [2] APS Neurofeedback & Psychology Interest Group in Coolangatta (14-15 March)
  • [3] College of Health Psychologists Conference in Sydney (10-11 April)
  • [4] College of Forensic Psychologists Conference in Sydney (16-18 April)
  • [5] College of Clinical Psychologists College in Adelaide (26-28 June)
  • [6] 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Melbourne (2-4 July) is
  • [7] Conference of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists in Port Stephens (19-21 November)
  • [8] 50th APS Annual Conference in Gold Coast] (28 September - 2 October
  • [9] APS Regional and Remote Showcase in Tamworth, NSW (30 Sept - 3 Oct)


The APS also promotes and facilitates psychology-related events , which can be found on the APS Events Calendar, which includes an indicator of individual events' CPD loading for professional psychologists.

The APS also regularly attends a number of national conferences as a participant.


The APS publishes three journals with Wiley:[10]Australian Journal of Psychology (1.035, ISSN 1742-9536),[11]Australian Psychologist (0.724, ISSN 1742-9536)[12] and Clinical Psychologist (0.967, ISSN 1742-9552).[13]

Education and training

The APS has nine colleges, these are in the areas of neuropsychology, forensic, community, health, clinical, counselling, educational and developmental, organisational and sport and exercise psychology.

In 2009, the APS developed a new 5th year postgraduate diploma in professional practice. This training model has been introduced via the "5+1" pathway as a transitional alternative to the "4+2" system that has been in place for many years as a basic standard for registration as a psychologist in Australia. This is reflective of the ultimate goal of the APS to set the minimum requirement of registration at the master's degree level. The new 5+1 pathway incorporates a five-year university sequence in psychology training, followed by one year accredited workplace supervision.[14]

As of 2010, the Psychology Board of Australia became the sole agency responsible for the registration of psychologists across Australia.[3] The Board adopted the APS Code of Ethics[2] for all members of the profession.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ About the Australian Psychological Society Archived 10 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Australian Psychological Society (27 September 2007). "APS Code of Ethics" (PDF). Australian Psychological Society. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 March 2018. Retrieved 2018. The Australian Psychological Society Limited (the Society) adopted this Code of Ethics (the Code) at its Forty-First Annual General Meeting held on 27 September 2007. ... Reprinted October 2016
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Codes, guidelines and policies". Psychology Board of Australia. 29 January 2018. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 2018. The Board has adopted the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics for the profession.
  5. ^ a b "Ethics and Practice Standards". Australian Psychological Society. 2018. Retrieved 2018. In 2010 it was adopted by the Psychology Board of Australia as the code that all psychologists should abide by.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ APS website. Archived 16 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ APS Presentation to 1st Year Students, 2006 Archived 7 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Presidents of the APS". Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Journals and databases". Australian Psychological Society. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Australian Journal of Psychology - Author Guidelines". Wiley Online Library. 30 January 2017. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1742-9536. Retrieved 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ "Australian Psychologist - Author Guidelines". Wiley Online Library. 30 January 2017. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1742-9544. Retrieved 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  13. ^ "Clinical Psychologist - Author Guidelines". Wiley Online Library. 30 January 2017. doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1742-9552. Retrieved 2017. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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