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.


  • Professionalism conference: The Global Professional Firm and Employed Professionals

    UNSW and Allens host a conference on the future of professional practice in the world of the global professional firm & the employed professionals who work in their transnational practices.

  • CEO speaks at SMSF Association’s annual conference

    CEO, Dr Deen Sanders, speaks on Professionalism & Integrity = Trust? at the SMSF Association’s annual conference.

  • CEO speaks on regulatory best practice

    Dr Deen Sanders speaks on regulatory best practice at LIV's Conference of Council 2017.

  • 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...

  • CA ANZ Thought Leadership Forum

    Dr Deen Sanders, recently spoke at CA ANZ’s annual Thought Leadership Forum at RMIT Melbourne.

  • Modern Professional Practice and its Future

    UNSW hosts a one-day conference exploring the future of professional practice in the 21st century.

  • 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.


  • 21 years of the Professional Standard Legislation

    Dr Deen Sanders, CEO, acknowledges the 21 years of regulatory innovation through professional standards

  • 21 years of regulatory innovation through professional standards

    The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation launching NEW PSC Book

  • The benefits of professions

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