Professional Pathways

Professional Pathways for Psychology 

Professional Pathways for Social Work

 

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On 13 December 2020, the Australian Government introduced a new professional pathway stream for psychology and social work (including for students in youth work, counselling and community work) degrees, that are accredited by an accrediting body and lead to professional employment. The pathway was introduced in 2021. 

If students are enrolled in a Professional Pathway Psychology degree, all units in Behavioural Science (fields of education (FOE) codes starting with 0907) will be considered part of the professional pathway charged at $8,021 per EFTSL in 2022. Other units in the Professional Pathway Psychology degree will be charged at their nominal rate. 

If students are enrolled in a Professional Pathway degree in Social Work, all units in Human Welfare Studies and Services (FOE codes starting with 0905) will be considered part of the professional pathway charged at $8,021 per EFTSL in 2022. Other units in the Professional Pathway Social work degree will be charged at their nominal rate.

Providers seeking more information on Professional Pathways, or approval of Professional Pathways courses, may contact CGS@dese.gov.au.

Professional Pathway Psychology courses

  • A Professional Pathway Psychology degree is a bachelor or bachelor honours degree in which it is compulsory for students to undertake the units relevant to professional registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • A Professional Pathway Psychology degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) 
  • Only the units in Behavioural Science (FOE codes starting with 0907) undertaken as part of these degrees will be funded as a Professional Pathway Psychology unit.

View the current list of courses approved by the department at Professional Pathway Psychology Approved Course List.

Professional Pathway Social Work courses

View the current list of courses approved by the department at Professional Pathway Social Work Approved Course List.