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


Becoming a Member

Join the largest Counsellor registration body in the country.

Membership gives you access to the most comprehensive and cheapest insurance, broadest range of professional development events, full time support staff, national and local representation, and much more.

Thank you for your interest in joining the association, the following explains the mission and criteria of the association. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any points that need clarifying or do not fully explain to your satisfaction what is required.

The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) fulfils a critical role within the counselling industry - as will your involvement in the Association. The primary aims and functions of the Australian Counselling Association are: -

  • To provide a single unified voice for the counselling industry.
  • To provide a consistent Code of Ethics and set of Practitioner Standards for counsellors.
  • To establish a national complaints tribunal.
  • To assess, review and approve counsellor education courses.
  • To maintain a national register of practicing counsellors.
  • To lobby on behalf of its membership to government and industry for the betterment of the profession.
  • To make the general public at large more aware of the counselling profession and the availability of reputable counsellors.
  • To create employment opportunities for our members wherever possible.

How ACA defines its membership levels against AQF qualifications

All levels of AQF qualifications must be in counselling or a counselling modality to be eligible to apply for ACA membership.

Note: Each of the below levels has additional requirements for registration with ACA.

  • AQF level 5 – Diploma
  • AQF level 6 – Advanced diploma/associate degree
  • AQF level 7 – Bachelor degree
  • AQF level 8 – Graduate diploma (excludes AQF 8 graduate certificate)
  • AQF level 9 – Masters degree
  • AQF level 10 – PhD (academic level members only)

Scope: Click on the ACA registration levels in the left-hand menu to see the criteria for each.

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