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.


  • Comments invited for Law Society of WA and Victorian Bar Professional Standards Schemes

    The Professional Standards Councils of Western Australia and Victoria are inviting comments and submissions concerning two new schemes.

  • Professional Standards Councils Launch Research Library

    The Research Library features more than 40 articles providing pathways and structures for the professionalisation of occupations.

  • Professional Standards Councils Strategy 2021

    The Professional Standards Councils have today published their three-year strategic intent and goals.

  • 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.

  • PSA Summer Clerkship Program 2018-2019

    The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is pleased to participate in the annual Summer Clerkship Program of the NSW Law Society.

  • New appointment for Queensland Council

    The Professional Standards Authority is pleased to advise that the Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has appointed Ms Elizabeth Shearer to the Queensland Professional Standards Council. 


  • The benefits of professions

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