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Protecting consumers by improving professional standards.

Welcome to the Professional Standards Councils

We are the independent statutory bodies responsible for promoting professional standards and consumer protection. We do this through thought leadership and education, and the approval, monitoring and enforcing of Professional Standards Schemes.

We have been established by the Australian state and territory governments. Our approach is based on the three pillars of professional standards legislation:

  1. Protect consumers. We demand high levels of professional standards and practices from those that participate in Professional Standards Schemes. We expect associations within our regulated communities to make sure their members uphold these standards through education and guidance, monitoring and enforcement, and other measures. This plays an important role in protecting consumers.
  2. Improve professional standards. We work closely with associations to develop self-regulation initiatives. We support research, develop policies and guidelines, and promote debate and change to improve professional standards and conduct.
  3. Help associations. By approving and administering Professional Standards Schemes, we can work with associations to strengthen and improve professionalism within associations, and promote self-regulation while protecting consumers. In return, professionals that take part in an approved Professional Standards Scheme have their civil liability limited.

LATEST NEWS

  • Program available for the Professional Standards Forum on Continuing professional development in the regulation of profe

    The program for the Professional Standards Forum on 14 October 2021 is now available, including an introduction to the panellists and workshop presenters.

  • Public notification – invitation for comments and submissions on two professional standards schemes.

    The Professional Standards Councils invite comments and submissions on the proposed The Queensland Law Society Professional Standards Scheme and The Law Society of South Australia Professional Standards Scheme.

  • Professional Standards Councils and Tax Practitioners Board sign landmark memorandum

    The Professional Standards Councils (the ‘Councils’) and the Tax Practitioners Board (Board) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

  • Professional Standards Councils join Tax Practitioner Governance and Standards Forum

    The Professional Standards Councils are pleased to contribute to the work of the Tax Practitioners Board’s Tax Practitioner Governance and Standards Forum.

  • New scheme application framework enters pilot phase

    The Professional Standards Councils have launched a new Scheme Application Framework for pilot and feedback.

  • UK Legal Services Board shares consumer-focused regulation strategy

    The Professional Standards Councils are pleased to share a presentation by the UK Legal Services Board on practices to enhance consumer-focused regulation.

  • Save the date: Professional Standards Forum, 14 October 2021

    Save the date for our next Professional Standards Forum on 14 October 2021 with a focus on regulating competence - continuing professional development programs and beyond.

  • Congratulations to Strata Community Association (NSW) on their first scheme

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates Strata Community Association (NSW) on their first professional standards scheme.

  • Congratulations to the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors on their first scheme

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors on the approval of their first professional standards scheme.

  • Resources from the Professional Standards Forum on trust and confidence

    The recent Professional Standards Forum is now available as a video recording together with slides presented by speakers and resources discussed. 

  • Professional Standards Authority farewells Summer Law Clerks

    The Professional Standards Authority thanks Summer Law Clerks for their contributions towards the work of the Professional Standards Councils.

  • Extension of RICS Valuers Limited and Institute of Public Accountants professional standards schemes

    Ministers extend the RICS Valuers Limited and the Institute of Public Accountants professional standards schemes to operate for an additional year.

  • We are moving into the testing phases of the redesigned Scheme Application Framework

    The scheme application redesign project has been extended to incorporate feedback and allow for two phases of testing with current associations.

  • New Framework for Developing, Reviewing and Retiring Regulatory Guidance

    The Professional Standards Councils have released a new Framework for Developing, Reviewing and Retiring Regulatory Guidance. 

  • Congratulations to the NSW and WA Bar Associations for New Schemes

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates the NSW Bar Association on their fourth Professional Standards Scheme and the WA Bar Association on their second Scheme. 

  • New Appointments to the Professional Standards Councils

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise that Ministers have made a number of new appointments to the Professional Standards Councils.

  • 2019-20 Annual Report Now Available

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 2019-20, which summarises our activities and performance over the last financial year. 

  • 2020 Professional Standards Forum: Putting the Consumer First in Ethics

    The Professional Standards Forum for 2020, held online on Thursday 15 October, was hosted by the Professional Standards Councils Chair and CEO. 

  • Certificate presented to the Association of Consulting Surveyors National for its first scheme

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates the Association of Consulting Surveyors National on their new professional standards scheme.

  • New Annual Membership Assurance Report

    The Professional Standards Councils have released a new Annual Membership Assurance Report to help simplify the fee calculation compliance reporting required of associations.

  • Constructing Building Integrity: Raising Standards

    The Professional Standards Councils are pleased to join Griffith University as a major research partner for a project aimed at raising occupational standards and consumer protection in the building industry.

  • Associations maintain reporting under the Professional Standards Improvement Program through COVID-19

    Regulated associations are commended for the timely and transparent submission of their annual reports.

  • Certificate presented to CPA Australia

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulate CPA Australia on their professional standards scheme.

  • Professional Standards Councils statement about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

    Below is a link to the full statement by the Professional Standards Councils in response to COVID-19, and measures affecting our regulatory services.

  • The Authority’s support on Operation Bushfire Assist

    Following the call out from the Governor-General to all Australian Defence Force Reserves to help with 'Operation Bushfire Assist', Gabrielle Hendry from the Professional Standards Authority reported for duty.

LATEST VIDEOS

  • The benefits of professions

    The Professional Standards Councils have created an animation describing the benefits of professions.