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.


  • Associations maintain reporting under the Professional Standards Improvement Program through COVID-19

    Regulated associations are commended for the timely and transparent submission of their annual reports.

  • Certificate presented to CPA Australia

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulate CPA Australia on their professional standards scheme.

  • Professional Standards Councils statement about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

    Below is a link to the full statement by the Professional Standards Councils in response to COVID-19, and measures affecting our regulatory services.

  • Postponement of the Professional Standards Councils' Forum

    We regret to advise that the Councils’ Forum scheduled for Thursday 19 March, in Sydney, has been postponed until a date to be decided.

  • Program now available for the 2020 Professional Standards Forum on ‘Putting the Consumer First in Ethics’

    Includes an overview of the panel session and workshop, as well as an introduction of the panellists.

  • The Authority’s support on Operation Bushfire Assist

    Following the call out from the Governor-General to all Australian Defence Force Reserves to help with 'Operation Bushfire Assist', Gabrielle Hendry from the Professional Standards Authority reported for duty.

  • Meet the panel for the next Professional Standards Forum

    The Forum will feature a panel of distinguished speakers who will lead a discussion on the opportunities and challenges in successfully regulating for ethical values, principles and behaviours that are consumer focused. 

  • Registrations open - Professional Standards Forum

    The Forum will be delivered in Sydney on 19 March 2020 with the theme ‘Putting the Consumer First in Ethics: the role of a consumer ethics framework in delivering consumer focused professional and occupational services’.

  • Website feedback tool available

    We have launched a feedback tool to understand user experience of our website. Your feedback is important to us and will be valuable in improving our website.

    Click on the orange button located on the bottom right area of the screen to submit your feedback.

  • Save the date: Professional Standards Forum, 19 March 2020

    Save the date for our next Professional Standards Forum, to be held in Sydney on 19 March 2020 with a focus on ethical conduct and codes.

  • Certificate presented to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

    The Professional Standards Councils congratulate Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand on their professional standards scheme.

  • 2018-19 Annual Report Now Available

    We are pleased to announce the release of the Professional Standards Councils Annual Report 2018-19, which summarises our activities and performance over the last financial year.


  • The benefits of professions

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