Did You Know?

Pathways to Industrial/Organisational Psychology

Since SIOPA’s inception in 2016, we have been asked by students, business leaders and those interested in the field how to become an endorsed Organisational Psychologist. As organisations and the public continue to recognise the unique skillset and expertise Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychologists offer, it is likely that I/O Psychology will continue to be the fastest growing area of psychology in Australia and the United States.

In Australia, the standard pathway to obtain practice endorsement in an area of psychology (e.g. Organisational, Clinical, Sport & Exercise) is the completion of an accredited higher degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), followed by a registrar program.

General Registration as a Psychologist

A minimum of six years education and training is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a Psychologist. This involves a four-year accredited sequence of undergraduate study and two years postgraduate study, both in psychology.

Following completion of this phase, individuals are eligible to apply for general registration. That is, they can call themselves a ‘Psychologist’.

Practice Endorsement in Organisational Psychology

To become eligible for practice endorsement in Organisational Psychology, an individual must complete a Board approved registrar program. The registrar program involves psychological practice, supervision and active continuing professional development. The duration of the program varies depending on the level of postgraduate study completed.

Following completion of this phase, individuals are eligible to apply for an area of practice endorsement. That is, they can call themselves an ‘Organisational Psychologist’.

Interested in Studying Industrial/Organisational Psychology?

The following universities offer I/O Psychology qualifications:

Would You Like More Information?

The Psychology Board of Australia develops standards, codes and guidelines for the profession and is responsible for registering Psychologists and provisional Psychologists, on behalf of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency . The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council maintains an up-to-date list of accredited I/O Psychology programs.

For more information or queries, contact us.

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Governing Bodies

In Australia, I/O Psychology is associated with a number of professional bodies. Governing bodies make decisions that impact on the profession and serve as regulatory authorities. They include the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Psychology Board of Australia and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Representative bodies promote and advocate on behalf of the profession, represent member needs and provide continuing professional development (CPD). The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia is a representative body. As we only represent the interests and needs of I/O Psychology in Australia, we are able to strongly advocate on behalf of the profession.


Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports the 14 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. AHPRA and the National Boards work together to register and renew health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.

AHPRA’s operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the National Law’.

Psychology Board of Australia

To practice as a psychologist in Australia, you MUST be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), one of the 14 National Boards managed by AHPRA. All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners.

The core role of the PsyBA is to protect the public. They make sure that only practitioners who have the skills and qualifications to provide safe care and psychological services to the Australian community are registered to practise.

The functions of the PsyBA include:

  • Registering Psychologists and provisional Psychologists
  • Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the psychology professional
  • Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
  • Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia, and
  • Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is an independent, not-for-profit quality and standards organisation. APAC’s mission is to protect the public by conducting accreditation activities that ensure graduates of accredited programs receive a high quality education and are well equipped to employ their psychology knowledge and skills in the community.

Representative Industry Bodies

The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia (SIOPA) is an independent and incorporated association founded in 2016. SIOPA is an industry group that represents I/O Psychologists and the discipline of I/O Psychology in Australia. The purpose of SIOPA is to create growth, supervision and professional development opportunities for I/O Psychology practitioners in Australia.

You do not have to be a member of a representative industry body, such as SIOPA, or any other national industry group or association to be registered as a Psychologist with AHPRA. However, we recommend that you connect with your community and promote and support it where you can. Representative bodies provide many services including professional development and networking opportunities.

Would You Like More Information? 

For more information or queries, contact SIOPA.

Did You Know? New Guidelines for the National Psychology Exam

The Psychology Board of Australia has granted a permanent exemption
from undertaking the National Examination to all higher degree accredited
program graduates, effective immediately.

What does this mean for me?

If you have completed an accredited Masters, Doctorate or a combined
Masters/PhD qualification you will not be required to sit the exam before
applying for general registration as a psychologist.

Candidates who are required to pass the exam include: 

  • provisional psychologists undertaking a 4+2 or 5+1 internship program;
  • overseas-trained psychologists seeking general registration in Australia;
  • individuals intending to return to practice as psychologists who have not practised for more than 10 years;
  • individuals who are directed to sit the exam by the Board, or by a panel or tribunal, relating to an application;
  • registration under Part 7 of the National Law, or a notification about their health, performance or conduct under Part 8 of the National Law.

Did You Know? Changes to practice endorsement registration standards and guidelines 

The Psychology Board of Australia has streamlined and updated the structure of the registration standard for endorsement in line with the National Law. Qualifications and time frames are now stipulated in the guidelines and no longer in the registration standard. The purpose of these changes is to improve the training experience for both registrars and supervisors. These changes are effective 1 December 2019.

Endorsement Changes

If you have completed an accredited Masters, Doctorate or a combined Masters/PhD qualification, the following changes apply:

  • a slight reduction in required supervised hours
  • only two progress reports are required for submission – one at the halfway point of supervised practice – as determined by the registrar – and one at the end of the program
  • fortnightly supervision is now a recommendation and no longer a requirement
  • up to 25% of supervision sessions may be less than one hour long
  • supervision is not required to be face-to-face
  • registrar programs no longer have a time limit in which to be completed
  • individuals who previously held endorsement before taking a break from practice, are eligible to reinstate their endorsement when returning to practice, provided they meet the requirements of general registration

The New Accreditation Standards

The new accreditation standards for psychology allow higher education institutions to offer a one-year bridging course to psychologists in order to undertake endorsement. These institutions will need to develop their own program standards and set their own entry requirements. Accreditation of these programs will still need to be APAC and Board-approved.

Detailed information about these changes can be found at Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

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Did You Know? Professional Indemnity Insurance – Changes to Industry Standards

The Psychology Board of Australia has published its revised professional indemnity insurance (PII) registration standards on July 31, 2019. The revised PII standard commences on Dec 1, 2019, replacing the existing standard and applying to initial and renewal applications. Revisions attempt to recognise that appropriate cover may vary between registrants according to the nature of their professional practice.

What’s changed?

  • The revised standard no longer specifies a minimum amount of PII needed for psychological practice (previously $2 million).
  • The revised standard no longer specifies a minimum length for ‘run-off’ cover for matters arising from previous psychological practice (previously 7 years).

Will it apply to me?

The revised standard applies to all registered psychologists and provisional psyhologists. It does not apply to psychologists with non-practising registration.

What do I need to do?

  • Registrants to complete an objective self-assessment to acquire insurance adequate to your industry, service users & level of risk.
  • Obtain advice from your insurer about adequate and appropriate PII that meets your legal responsibilities and level of risk.

Find further information on the Psychology Board of Australia’s Registration Standards page under Professional Indemnity Insurance.