Following is a description of the key professional bodies involved in regulating registration pathways to becoming a psychologist.
The APS is the largest professional body for psychologists in Australia. Membership is not a requirement to be registered as a psychologist. The APS is dedicated to advancing the discipline and profession of psychology for the benefit of members and the communities they serve.
The PsyBA operates under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The PsyBA is the national registration board for all psychologists wanting to practise psychology in Australia. You must be registered with them to practise psychology in Australia. The requirements for regsitration are on their website under registration standards.
APAC is an independent international quality and standards organisation, appointed by Governments as an external accreditation entity under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. APAC ensures that education and training in psychology is conducted to the highest possible standards, so that graduates of APAC-accredited programs are well equipped to employ their psychological knowledge and skills in the community, including, where applicable, being competent to safely practice as a registered psychologist.