The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is a National progressive professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists with over 11,000 individual members


Aims & Objectives

The common aims and objectives of ACA are:

  • To monitor, maintain, set and improve professional standards in counsellor education and practice;
  • To provide an industry-based association for persons engaged in counsellor education and practice;
  • To be a self-regulatory body to provide for registration of counsellors in Australia;
  • Liaise with Government for the benefit of members and the public;
  • To provide a single unified voice for the counselling industry;
  • To provide a consistent Code of Conduct and set of Practitioner Standards;
  • To promote the professional development and growth of practising counsellors;
  • To provide a National Complaints Tribunal;
  • To assess, review and recognise counsellor education courses;
  • To maintain a register of qualified practicing counsellors;
  • To identify to consumers, counsellors that meet nationally-approved standards of practice;
  • To help the public at large to become more aware of the counselling profession and the availability of reputable counsellors;
  • To raise awareness of Australian counsellors Internationally;
  • To provide a vehicle to promote research in the counselling profession;
  • To help create employment for counsellors; and
  • To provide a quality control mechanism for the public that also enables the consumer to access a formal complaints procedure.

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