Universities Australia has signed an agreement on Principles for Professional Accreditation with Professions Australia, which represents 18 peak professional organisations including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Engineers Australia, the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Dental Association. (see below for a full list)

These Principles have been designed to streamline and improve consistency in the professional accreditation of university courses, which has been largely unregulated until now. 

The Principles:

  • Encourage national consistency of the professional accreditation standards and processes at the discipline level, including between States/Territories and between individual accreditation panels, and consistency at the level of principle in a discipline’s requirements;
  • Are widely applicable and inclusive to reflect the diversity in educational design and delivery, in university quality processes and structures and the different context and quality processes of the professional associations and professional accreditation bodies;
  • Ensure that professional accreditation processes operate in a transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair way.

All Universities Australia members have received the Principles, and our members are strongly encouraged to use the Principles in their dealings with accreditation processes run by Professions Australia members, and are invited to use them as the basis of negotiation with accreditation processes run by other bodies. 

Universities Australia and Professions Australia are in 2016 developing detailed implementation guidelines, including such areas as conflicts of interest and dispute resolution. This page will be updated as this material is available. 

For further information, contact Nathan Cassidy


List of Professions Australia members:

Audiological Society of Australia

AusIMM (Minerals Institute)

Australasian College of Health Informatics

Australasian Veterinary Boards Council

Australian Computer Society

Australian Dental Association

Australian Medical Council 

Australian Pharmacy Council

Charted Accountants Australia New Zealand

CPA Australia

Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia

Engineers Australia

Health Information Management Association of Australia 

Institute of Management Consultants

Institution of Surveyors NSW

Migration Institute of Australia

Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia

Speech Pathology Australia


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