The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for the assessment of academic qualifications in psychology for the purpose of migration.
The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology.
The Australian government has nominated the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as the assessing body for overseas psychologists applying for migration to Australia under the General Skilled Migration categories. This means the APS is the only body in Australia that can assess psychology qualifications for migration to Australia under these categories.
As of 1 June 2016 the Australian Psychological Society will no longer be accepting applications for assessment of psychology qualifications for the purpose of registration. 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.
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 where registration as a psychologist may not be required.
It is important to note that psychology is a regulated profession, and only those who hold registration as a psychologist may describe themselves as a psychologist.
Most universities require applicants to complete an APS assessment of psychology qualifications before applying for entry to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited course in psychology.
Students seeking to apply for APAC accredited postgraduate psychology programmes only require an APS assessment and do NOT need an assessment from the Psychology Board of Australia. Students will however need to pursue provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia following enrolment. Evidence of your enrolment in an accredited postgraduate degree is sufficient to apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.