New appointment to the Professional Standards Councils
The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise Ms Elizabeth Shearer has been appointed to the Professional Standards Councils.
View our plan and priorities for the next three years as we lead the national system of professional standards regulation.Learn more
The redesigned scheme application framework is now live. It delivers a simpler, clearer way for associations to apply for professional standards schemes.Learn more
The Professional Standards Councils have published their combined 2021/22 Annual Report.Learn more
The Professional Standards Councils commissioned Taylor Fry to examine and evidence the benefits delivered by professional standards schemes.Learn more
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:
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.
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.
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.