|The last year has been another highly productive one for the APS, where the provision of support for members and the broader psychology workforce has been at the centre of APS activities during an incredible period of change for psychology in Australia. The APS has advocated strongly for conditions for a sustainable psychology workforce to provide high quality services to the Australian community, and has kept members’ needs at the forefront as it has developed new benefits and resources to assist them in their diverse psychological roles.|
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The APS prepares a number responses to formal inquiries, discussion papers, reviews and reports from various external agencies. In addition, formal proposals and submissions are prepared for consideration by government departments.
The extensive APS advocacy activities are supported through representation on influential advisory groups and committees, formal submissions to inquiries and reviews, and government funding for a variety of projects. During the 2012/13 financial year strategic advocacy was facilitated through formal APS representation on a large number of advisory groups and committees.
A number of funded projects support APS advocacy efforts for high standards of training and the contribution of psychology to community wellbeing. In 2012/2013 the APS has received funding from the Australian Government and other entities to undertake a number of projects. The funding enabled the employment of staff to undertake the projects under the supervision of National Office staff and with the guidance of appointed project reference groups.