Introduction

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. For a fee, 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. This service is for people who are seeking to:

  • Migrate to Australia under the General Skilled Migration Categories;
  • Apply for registration or work as a psychologist in Australia; or
  • Apply for entry into an APAC-accredited course in psychology at an Australian university.

English language proficiency now required for all APS migration assessments

From 1 May 2010, all applicants for the assessment of psychology qualifications for migration must demonstrate English language proficiency. Most applicants will be required to provide evidence of a score of 7 or more in each component of the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application.

Please see the Guidelines and procedures attached to the application form for migration - Acrobat icon - small and the frequently asked questions for IELTS for further information, including exemptions.

Please note: Applicants not applying for the purpose of migration are not required to provide evidence of IELTS results.

 

What information do I need to supply?

In order to assess an individual's qualifications the APS requires a completed assessment of psychology qualifications application form and certified copies of relevant documentation.

For information about what documents to include with your application form please see the Guidelines and Procedures which is attached to the application forms. Required documents include:

  • Originally certified copies of transcripts and completion certificates for all undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in psychology
  • Certified copies of thesis/research project/dissertation extracts (if relevant)
  • A certified copy of evidence of membership of psychology organisation(s) (if relevant)
  • A certified copy of evidence of licensure/registration as a psychologist (if relevant)
  • A certified copy of a marriage certificate or change of name documentation (if relevant)
  • A certified copy of your IELTS examination results (if relevant)

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

Postal address:
PO Box 38
Flinders Lane VIC 8009

Tel: +61 3 8662 3300
Toll free: 1800 333 497
Fax: +61 3 9663 6177
Email: assessments@psychology.org.au

How much does an assessment cost?

The cost of the assessment fee depends on the purpose for which you need the assessment. The following fees apply until 31 May 2014:

Migration as a psychologist, if applying from within Australia

$1000.00 (includes GST)

Migrating as a psychologist, if applying from outside Australia

$909.09 (GST free)

Registration in Australia

$909.09 (GST free)

Employment

$909.09 (GST free)

Entry to an Australian tertiary course in psychology

$670.00 (GST free)


Payment may be made via postal order, cheque, international bank draft, Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.

How long does an assessment take?

Assessing qualifications is a complex process and the current approximate processing time is eight weeks. However 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 have read the guidelines and procedures document and you have any queries, please see our frequently asked questions with the following five sections:

For any further queries about an assessment of psychology qualifications, please contact the APS on our toll free number on 1800 333 497 or email assessments@psychology.org.au.

Useful links

Assessment of psychology qualifications forms and guidelines

Assessment application form and guidelines for migration

Assessment application form and guidelines for registration, employment and university entry

Application for assessment of psychology qualifications

Assessment of Psychology Qualifications:

  • Migration

Application form and guidelines - Acrobat icon - small

or 

Assessment of Psychology Qualifications:

  • Registration
  • Employment
  • University Entry

Application form and guidelines - Acrobat icon - small   

 


Please send completed forms to:

Membership
PO Box 38
Flinders Lane
VIC 8009