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


Student Membership

Student membership is an important pathway to demonstrate affiliation and engagement within the industry. Holding a student membership with ACA demonstrates to organisations that offer counselling student placements a commitment to meeting and upholding industry standards.

ACA ensures all Student Counsellors & Psychotherapists are equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed. Whether it's within the Employment sector or Private Practice, we want you to be the first to know. What you will receive includes:

  • $50 discount when you upgrade to practising membership
  • ACA Student Member Logo and Student Member Badge
  • Free industry updates through Counsellors Care and the E-News 2.0 Newsletter
  • Free digital subscription to the Counselling Australia Journal for all Students issued quarterly via email
  • Access to Professional Development events through ACA Chapter Meetings across Australia once a month – Visit our EventBrite Page -
  • Early access to Podcasts, Webinars and Live Stream Events
  • ACA Annual Conference discounts and free tickets
  • ACA Facebook Social Media Page
  • Automatic Free Student Member Insurance

How Much Does Student Membership Cost?

Student Members will now receive a complimentary two-year membership at zero cost if they are attending an ACA-accredited course in counselling and free digital subscription to the Counselling Australia Journal.

Student $50 upgrade discount on full practising membership

Once you have completed your ACA accredited course in counselling and ready to upgrade to a practising membership, you will be eligible for a $50 discount. The discount applies to student membership upgrades to Level 1 or 2 with $50 off membership fees for the first 12 months. Discount will only apply if your student membership has not expired at the time of upgrade.

Student membership is available to persons enrolled in an ACA accredited/approved course of study at a minimum Diploma (AQF level 5 or 6) in counselling or higher education level (AQF level 7, 8 or 9) in counselling. AQF level 8 includes Graduate Diploma in Counselling—Excludes Graduate Certificate in Counselling.

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