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.


  • PSA Summer Clerkship Program 2018/2019

    The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is excited to participate in the annual Summer Clerkship Program of the NSW Law Society.

  • New appointment for Queensland Council

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise that the Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has appointed Ms Elizabeth Shearer to the Queensland Professional Standards Council. 

  • Associations report on time: Professional Standards Improvement Program

    Annual Professional Standards Improvement Program (PSIP) reporting by regulated associations closed on 31 March 2018.

  • Expiration of the CIRCEA Scheme

    The CIRCEA Scheme which operated under the Professional Standards Act 1994 (NSW) expired naturally on 28 February 2018.

  • Certificate presented to CPA Australia in recognition of their new Professional Standards Scheme

    The Councils recognises the approval of CPA Australia Ltd’s Professional Standards Scheme and presents a certificate to CPA Australia's President and Chair, Peter Wilson.

  • Expiration of the ATMA Scheme

    The ATMA Scheme which operated under the Professional Standards Act 2003 (Vic) expired naturally on 31 December 2017.

  • Councils approve CPA Australia Ltd

    The Professional Standards Councils have approved the CPA Australia Ltd Professional Standards (Accountants) Scheme for a 2-year period.

  • New CEO and Executive Director

    Roxane Marcelle-Shaw newly appointed as the Executive Director of the Professional Standards Authority and CEO of the Professional Standards Councils.

  • Certificate presented to ACS

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates the Australian Computer Society on the extension of their Professional Standards Scheme for an additional year by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, the Hon Matt Kean.

  • A positive change in the Tasmanian statute

    On Tuesday 13th September 2016, the Professional Standards Amendment Bill 2016 was tabled in the Tasmanian parliament. The Bill addresses two long term barriers...

  • New Book: 21 years of regulatory innovation through professional standards

    The Professional Standards Councils has just released a new book marking the 21st anniversary of professional standards legislation in Australia.


  • The benefits of professions

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