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.


  • 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.

  • New Executive Director at the PSA

    Ms Roxane Marcelle-Shaw will be joining the Professional Standards Authority as the new Executive Director on 27 November 2017.

  • CPA's proposed scheme open for public consultation

    The Councils have decided to publish the Professional Standards Scheme proposed by CPA Australia Ltd, and invite the public to make comments and submissions on the proposed Scheme.   

  • 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.

  • Certificate presented to LSSA

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates The Law Society of South Australia on the approval of their new Professional Standards Scheme. 

  • Update on CPA’s Professional Standards Scheme

    CPA Australia Ltd Professional Standards Scheme will cease on 7 October 2017.

  • CPA’s Professional Standards Scheme

    The current CPA Professional Standards Scheme, which operates in all mainland jurisdictions, will expire naturally, after four years on 7 October 2017. 

  • LIV receives PSS certificate

    The Councils congratulates the Law Institute of Victoria on the approval of their new Professional Standards Scheme. 

  • Research in professionalism

    The latest UNSW Law Journal, Contemporary Professionalism in Practice, featuring a series of research articles exploring the challenges faced by professions in the 21st century.

  • Certificates presented to associations with new Professional Standards Schemes

    Congratulations to QLS, LIV, APIV and RICSV on the approval of their new Professional Standards Schemes

  • 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.


  • The benefits of professions

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