The Australian Psychological Society (APS) represents over 22,000 members. The APS was first formed in 1944 as the Australian Branch of the British Psychological Society before becoming incorporated in 1966 as The Australian Psychological Society Limited.
The APS is dedicated to advancing the discipline and profession of psychology for the benefit of its members and the communities they serve.
The organisation is devoted to supporting its members and advocating for better health outcomes for all Australians. The organisation works on a wide range of activities to advance and unite psychology as a discipline and profession, and spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives. It provides professional support to members, information for other health professionals, and education for the public.
The APS is the voice of psychology in Australia and strongly advocates for the discipline and profession. Advocacy efforts focus on a range of areas including:
- The education and training of psychologists
- The delivery of psychological services in the private, public and NGO sectors
- The maintenance of high standards in the profession
- The contribution of psychology to public debate and policy in the interests of community wellbeing and social justice.
Psychology is nationally regulated by the Psychology Board of Australia for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The Psychology Board of Australia website is psychologyboard.gov.au.
All psychologists have completed a minimum of six years of accredited education and training. All psychologists must adhere to the APS Code of Ethics and complete mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD).