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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

  • 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.

  • Public consultation: Guidance Note on Scheme expiration

    The Professional Standards Councils have released an exposure draft of their Guidance Note on Scheme expiration for public consultation. The Councils invite members of the public to submit comments by 10 July 2020.

  • Summer Clerkship positions 2020

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to offer two positions under the annual Summer Clerkship Program of the NSW Law Society for 2020.

  • 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.