Psychology is a regulated profession in Australia. This means that people who call themselves a psychologist or say they are practising as a psychologist must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and must adhere to standards and a strict code of ethics to keep their registration.

To practise as a psychologist in Australia you must hold current registration. The Psychology Board of Australia determines the requirements for registration. As of 1 June 2016, the Psychology Board of Australia conducts assessments of overseas psychology qualifications for applicants seeking registration as a psychologist in Australia.  If you are seeking provisional or general registration to practise as a psychologist in Australia you must apply directly to the Psychology Board of Australia. For more information, please contact the Psychology Board of Australia:

The Psychology Board of Australia
Phone: 1300 419 495
Web: www.psychologyboard.gov.au

Your employer may request you undergo an APS assessment of psychology qualifications for employment purposes. It is important to note this assessment may not be used for registration.

Your employer may request that you have an APS assessment conducted as many psychology graduates work in higher education or fields related to psychology (such as research) where registration as a psychologist may not be required. 

APS assessment application and fees

1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017 Assessment fee

APS Assessment Application Form - Employment 

$1013.64 (GST free)

The completed application should be submitted via post to Assessments at the APS National Office:

Postal address: Assessments
PO Box 38
Flinders Lane VIC 8009
Tel:  +61 3 8662 3300
Fax: +61 3 9663 6177
Email: assessments@psychology.org.au

How long does an assessment take?

Assessing qualifications is a complex process. The approximate processing time is eight weeks. The processing time may exceed eight weeks depending on the complexity of an individual's application and whether all the necessary documents have been provided.

Frequently asked questions

If you still have any queries after reading the Guidelines and Procedures document, please see our frequently asked questions under the following categories:

For any further queries about an assessment of psychology qualifications, please contact the APS on +61 3 8662 3300 or email assessments@psychology.org.au.