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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

  • Certificate presented to the South Australian Bar Association

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulate the South Australian Bar Association on its second Professional Standards Scheme, which will operate until 30 June 2022.

  • Certificate presented to the Victorian Bar

    Certificate presented to the Victorian Bar.

  • Associations welcome Forum on improving professional standards

    Councils share leading practice in complaints data as a risk management tool.

  • Certificate presented to ACS

    Certificate presented to ACS for a new Professional Standards Scheme.  

  • Australia Day Honours for Former PSC Chair

    The Professional Standards Councils are delighted to congratulate Mr Brian Rayment QC on being recognised in the 2019 Australia Day honours list. 

  • Appointments to the Professional Standards Councils

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise that Ministers have made a number of re-appointments to the Professional Standards Councils.

  • Appointments to the Professional Standards Councils

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise that Ministers have made a number of appointments and reappointments to the Professional Standards Councils.

  • Associations improve reporting under PSIP

    The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is pleased that 100% of regulated associations have submitted their PSIP reports on time, with governing bodies playing an increasingly active role in the review and approval of this important regulatory activity.

LATEST VIDEOS

  • The benefits of professions

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