The APS supports members in the workplace and in their ongoing career development in the following ways:

Ethical assistance

The APS publishes the Code of Ethics, which was developed to safeguard the welfare of consumers of psychological services and the integrity of the profession.

Members are required to abide by the Code, which is supplemented by Ethical Guidelines. The Guidelines are continually being developed to cover specific practice issues, for example working with recovered memories or reporting child abuse.

The Society also assists members with specific matters, such as complicated ethical dilemmas that require careful, objective consideration. Members can contact the National Office for help and clarification at these crucial times. Find out more: Ethics at the APS.

Workplace issues

The APS assists members with workplace issues, including wage and employment conditions, and lobbies the government on industrial relations relating to the profession.

Contact the APS Workplace Issues Advisor at the National Office on 1800 333 497 or email workplace@psychology.org.au.

Private practice resources

The APS assists members with workplace issues, including wage and employment conditions, and lobbies the government on industrial relations relating to the profession.

Contact the APS Workplace Issues Advisor at the National Office on 1800 333 497 or email workplace@psychology.org.au.

Recommended Fee Schedule

To help members in private practice, the APS annually publishes a Recommended Fee Schedule as at 1 July for psychological services.

This schedule is not prescriptive and members are free to set their own fees. It includes guidelines for preparing accounts, which are necessary for some clients to obtain a rebate from their private health fund.

Members can access the fee schedule and guidelines in the Practice resources section. It is also available for the public under Fees and rebates.

APS Find a Psychologist Service

www.findapsychologist.org.au  

The APS provides a telephone and email referral service to the general public and health professionals who are seeking a qualified and suitable psychologist in private practice.

Referrals are drawn from the Society’s database of more than 2600 APS registered psychologists around Australia, covering every State and Territory. If you are looking for a psychologist, find out more at APS Find a Psychologist Service.

The Find A Psychologist Service is accessible in two ways. One is the online search option, which regularly generates 900 searches per day, and the other is the phone and email service based at the APS National Office, which currently receives around 25 contacts per day.

Only Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members and Associate Members of the APS who hold full registration may be listed with the service. Being listed on the Find a Psychologist Service offers members the opportunity to increase their client base.

Please contact the APS on 1800 333 497 or email referral@psychology.org.au for information about being listed.

Continuing professional development

The APS continuing professional development (CPD) program aims to maintain and improve the quality of psychological services that members provide.

The program offers a wide variety of educational activities including seminars and conferences. Members obtain CPD as part of their ethical obligations to maintain their skills. Find out more: Continung professional development.

APS Membership Directory

Members can search the APS membership database online to find out whether a psychologist is an APS Member and, if so, to obtain their contact details and information about their membership of APS Colleges and Divisions. Members can access the APS Membership Directory.

APS audiovisual resources

The APS audiovisual collection ranges from conference presentations to training in test administration, showcasing a selection of eminent Australian and international speakers.

Presentations are available for purchase on DVD or CD at a cost of $12 per title (unless otherwise indicated). They are useful teaching aids and research tools, and can be used to accrue CPD hours. Find out more: APS audiovisual resources.

Student assistance

Students are offered many of the benefits of full APS Membership, but at a significantly reduced rate.

The APS encourages all students of psychology to make use of the resources available to them as a Student Subscriber, such as the accredited courses list, ethics resources and networking with psychologists at APS functions. Find out more: Student Subscriber.

PsychXchange employment opportunities

'PsychXchange' is a website containing national and international employment and business opportunities for psychologists, plus classifieds relating to psychological practice.

This APS service began as a print version in September 2002 and became a dedicated job search website in January 2004.

APS members are offered a 10% discount on advertising rates. Visit PsychXchange at www.psychxchange.com.au.