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.
- 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
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia
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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