As a Student Subscriber enrolled in an APAC-accredited psychology course you can join any of the nine APS Colleges at a cost of $15 per college, allowing you an unrivalled opportunity to explore professional areas of practice in which your future career may lie.
There are also numerous Interest Groups you can join that focus on a wide range of professional practice areas and subjects and social issues, helping to widen your opportunities to make contacts, improve your knowledge and develop your career.
There are also two Divisions you can be part of:
DPRET is the Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training and represents APS members working in academia, research centres, training institutions, and secondary education.
DGPP is the Division of General Psychological Practice and represents more than 11,000 General Practice psychologists who do not belong to a particular College.
This Division has been specifically set up by the APS to give a direct voice to registered members who do not belong to a College (either as a member or associate). This is a vehicle to allow you to contribute your experiences, express your concerns and generally work with the APS to address the challenges facing non-college practising psychologists.
To ensure your voice is heard, the APS Board has created a DGPP Forum with a representative from each State and Territory that meets regularly. This Forum was established by the APS Board to provide a voice to those APS members without a College Chairs Forum to represent their interests. College members are able to communicate with the Board and National Office through the College structure. The DGPP Forum is designed to offer the same communication channel to non-College members.
The Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET) is one of the three Divisions of the APS. DPRET was created in 2013 to give a voice to, and represent the interests of, APS members working in academia, research centres, training institutions, and secondary education.
The work of DPRET has the potential to have a positive impact on all psychologists in Australia through endeavours to:
- Improve psychology education and training models for the current and future psychology workforce
- Increase the level of funding for psychological scientists, and
- Provide the latest evidence-based psychological research to inform best practice of psychology.
DPRET has been specifically set up by the APS to act as a means of communication between the members (whose interests it represents), the Board, National Office and the Society in relation to Division related matters. These matters include but are not limited to:
- Education and training
- Research and funding opportunities to be investigated or pursued
- Advocating for policy reform and inform policy formulation to improve the impact and reach of psychological research in Australia
- Services provided, or that could be provided, by the Society to better cater for the needs of the members the Division represents
- APS Science Awards.