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.


  • 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.

  • Dr Deen Sanders, returning speaker at Global Integrity Summit

    The CEO of the Professional Standards Councils, Dr Deen Sanders, speaks at the Global Integrity Summit.

  • PSC responds to Commonwealth Government consultation paper

    The Commonwealth Government released a consultation paper and called for submissions on ways to lift the professional standards of financial advisers. PSC responded.

  • PSC hosts professionalism round table

    The Professional Standards Councils hosted a round table discussion led by UNSW on professionalism in the 21st century at its head office in Sydney on Thursday 6 August.

  • Research Grant awarded to KCA

    We are pleased to announce the first recipient of our 2014 Research Grants, which funds study into improving and advancing professional standards in Australia. 

  • Victorian Bar launches ICC

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulate the Victorian Bar on the launch of Australia’s first accreditation scheme for criminal barristers, the Indictable Crimes Certificate (ICC).

  • PSC congratulates QLS

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulates the Queensland Law Society (QLS) on the successful completion of its Professional Standards Grant project, Practice Health Check.


  • 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.