The Australian Psychological Society has a long and proud history of advancing the standard and reputation of the psychology discipline and profession in Australia, and advocating for psychology to improve the psychological health of the community.
The APS is committed to the next generation of psychologists, with over 2,500 student members who are being guided on their pathways to become psychologists. By joining the APS you become part of a network of over 21,000 members across the nation, a network that could provide the difference when looking to secure your first job in the field of psychology.
To be eligible to become a Student Subscriber of the APS, you need to be a current student studying an APAC-accredited psychology course - undergraduate and fourth year studies, and postgraduate Masters and Doctorate professional psychology programs - or a postgraduate research degree in psychology.
For just $85 a year, Student Subscribers of the APS are entitled to a range of benefits and services available exclusively to APS members. APS membership represents a sound investment in your future, and enables you to become part of the leading professional body of psychologists in Australia. It offers you an insider's view into what is going on in the field, and a sense of where you might set your future place in psychology.
As an association with more than 21,000 members, the APS facilitates a range of national and local events, ranging from specialist conferences to professional seminars and social events in local areas, many of which are organised by members groups or your branch. These events, which vary according to your areas of interest and location, are promoted in the regular PsychNews newsletters distributed to members.
Student Subscribers who are enrolled in an APAC-accredited psychology course can join one of the nine APS Colleges for no additional cost, allowing you an unrivalled opportunity to explore the specialist areas in which your future career may lie. There are also numerous Interest Groups to join that focus on emerging areas of professional practice, particular content areas or social issues, and which can further increase your opportunities to make contacts, get up to speed on the latest developments, and explore the variety of contexts in which you may be able to make use of your psychology qualifications.
Read about developments in the world of psychology on the APS website. The site includes community information and resources - such as tip sheets - which can help to explain and support the work that you do, as well as journal articles by eminent psychologists who are practising and conducting research across this diverse science. Learn more about current research being conducted via the Research Opportunities page, on which you may be able to list your own projects, through a supervisor. Keep up to date with events around Australia with the constantly updated events section and learn more about the work being undertaken in issues of community importance by the Psychology in the Public Interest team.
Professional guidelines and the APS code of ethics cover a range of topics that arise in the work of psychologists. The APS offers guidance and support as you embark on internships or paid employment, to help you to navigate the challenges that may present themselves in this work, keep you on a sure footing, and ensure you are practicing with the greatest legal protection. Recently developed documents include revised guidelines on psychological assessment and the use of psychological tests, while position papers and review papers give you access the range of research on key areas of interest to psychologists. You can download these resources from the member-only section of the website.
New Student Subscribers receive a free copy of the APS Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines booklets (valued at $71.50 for non-members) when they join.
This publication is mailed to members every two months to keep them informed about topical issues and new developments in psychology. Each edition of InPsych includes substantial reports on issues and developments in the education and training sectors, and special sections devoted to select topical issues in the field. The Editor welcomes letters from Student Subscribers.
This fortnightly email update is distributed to all members with links to APS member news and website updates. This is the first port of call for the latest news in the sector, such as changes to Government funding or plans for psychology education as they are being unveiled.
As the peak professional body, the APS promotes a range of awards and prizes, which span a range of specialist areas and geographical locations. A great many are dedicated to highlighting psychology's brightest students, and allow you to showcase your work on a national stage.
Forget waiting for a sale: APS members can now obtain a 25% discount on books in the Wiley-Blackwell catalogue, which include textbooks and reference books, as well as the For Dummies how-to rage, Frommers travel guides, Betty Crocker cookbooks and others. Details on how to sign up are available here Discounts are also available on subscriptions to the British Psychological Society journals.
Your membership grants you free online access to APS journals (including all back copies) and the Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection database , which includes over 550 international psychology and behavioural sciences journals, helping to support your independent research as part of your studies.
CD and DVD recordings (PDF, opens in new window) of addresses from events such as past APS conferences and special events - which cover a range key topics and areas within psychology - are available for purchase at a nominal cost to APS members.
Research career options by reviewing the job and business opportunities that are advertised on the premier site for employment opportunities in psychology. APS members' enhanced access allow you to take advantage of e-alerts should positions of interest to you arise.
In the first year following completion of your studies, the APS continues to offer you discounted membership, to ensure you can take advantage of member benefits while you establish yourself professionally.