Policies and Procedures

The Speech Pathology Australia's Policy and Procedures Manual is available, in full, to all members of the Association.

All policies are reviewed on a rotating basis. In addition the Board develops new policies where a need is identified. The material in the Policy and Procedure Manual is reviewed and updated regularly. The process of review, which includes ratification by the Association’s Board, may take some time and there can be a delay before a new policy is posted on this website. Material on the website is therefore provided as a guide only. If you are making significant decisions based on the material in the Policy and Procedures Manual, contact National Office to confirm the status of the specific policy.

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Section 1: The Association

Section 2: Categories of Membership

Section 3: Code of Ethics

Section 4: Board of Directors

Section 5: Association Branches

Section 6: Communications

Section 7: Member Recognition & Awards

Section 8: Publications and Website

Section 9: Public Awareness and Marketing

Section 10: Professional Standards and Recognition

Section 11: Professional Education

Section 12: Member Communities

Section 13: Evidence Based Practice and Research

Section 14: Representation & Advocacy

Section 15: Finance

Section 16: Employment Practice

Section 17: Administration

Section 1: The Association

1.01 | Charter

1.02 | Organisational Structure

1.03 | Constitution

1.04 | Corporations Act Requirements

1.05 | Accountant/Auditor

1.06 | Company Secretary

1.07 | General Meetings

1.08 | Legal Advisers

1.09 | Commercial Endorsements

1.10 | Strategic Plan

1.11 | Use of name and/or logo

1.12 | Working Parties

1.13 | Association Official Documents

1.14 | Submissions

1.15 | Code of Business Practice

1.16 | Whistleblower and Grievance Policy


Section 2: Membership

2.01 | Life Membership

2.02 | Fellowship

2.03 | Ordinary Member - Certified Practising

2.04 | Non Practicing Membership

2.05 | Full-time Postgraduate Student Membership

2.06 | Student Membership

2.07 | Associate Membership

2.08 | Associate Student Membership

2.09 | Re-entry Membership

2.10 | Alumnus Membership

2.11 | Membership Fee Schedule

2.12 | Application for Membership

2.13 | Renewal of Membership

2.14 | Membership Services

2.15 | Professional Association References and Letters of Good Standing

2.16 | Indemnity Insurance

2.17 | Special Circumstances

2.18 | Parental Leave Benefit


Section 3: Code of Ethics

3.01 | Code of Ethics

3.02 | Records Management for Ethics Files

3.03 | Code of Ethics - Advertising


Section 4: Board of Directors

4.01 | Board of Directors

4.02 |Board Subcommittees - Terms of References

  – 4.02.1 | Board Executive Subcommittees

  – 4.02.2 | Finance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee

  – 4.02.3 | Governance Subcommittee

4.03 | Declaration of Interest

4.04 | Financial Support for Directors

4.05 | Directors - Appointments, Retirements and Resignations

4.06 | Director Induction

4.07 | Exiting Directors Handover and Support

4.08 | Director Exit and Interviews

4.09 | Director Attendance at The National Conference

4.10 | Director Appraisal

4.11 | International Relations

4.12 | Code of Conduct of Board of Directors

4.13 | Statement of Board Delegations of Authority

4.14 | Director Nomination Review Committee


Section 5: Association Branches

5.01 | Association Branches

5.02 | Branch Elections

5.03 | Branch Membership

5.04 | Executive Committee Strategic Advisory Group Meetings

5.05 | Branch Forums


Section 6: Communications

6.01 | Communication with and between the Membership

6.02 | Facilities List

6.03 | Communication Protocols

6.04 | Member Complaints Resolution


Section 7: Member Recognition & Awards

7.01 | Speech Pathology Australia Awards

7.02 | Student Award

7.03 | Life Membership Nominations

7.04 | Fellowship Applications/Nominations

7.05 | Fellowship and Awards Committee

7.06 | Recognising and Rewarding Volunteers


Section 8: Publications and Website

8.01 | Speak Out

8.02 | Advertising

8.03 | Website

8.04 | Distribution of Publication to External Agencies

8.05 | Email Communication

8.06 | National Job Board

8.07 | JCPSLP

8.08 | International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

8.09 | IJSLP Special Edition


Section 9: Public Awareness and Marketing

9.01 | Media Watch

9.02 | Preparation of Media Releases

9.03 | Media Spokesperson

9.04 | Conference Media

9.05 | Promotional Material

9.06 | Speech Pathology Week

9.07 | Book of the Year Award


Section 10: Professional Standards and Recognition

10.01 | Competency Based Occupational Standards (CBOS)

10.02 | Accreditation of Speech Pathology Degree Programs

10.03 | Assessment of Speech Pathology Degree Programs

10.04 | Assessment of Overseas Trained Speech Pathologists

10.05 | Accreditation of Speech Pathology Degree Programs

10.06 | Professional Self Regulation

10.07 | Professional Support

10.08 | Mentor Program (Professional Support Program)


Section 11: Professional Education

11.01 | Continuing Professional Development

11.02 | National Conference

11.03 | National Conference Manager

11.04 | The Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture

11.05 | Sponsored Student Conference Registration


Section 12: Membership Communities

12.01 | Member Communities Terms of References

12.02 | Special Interest Groups

12.03 | Majority World Countries and Developing Communities Grants


Section 13: Evidence Based Practice and Research

13.01 | Research Grants

13.02 | Clinician Research Grant

13.03 | Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant

13.04 | Student Grant

13.05 | Entry Level Student Grant


Section 14: Representation & Advocacy

14.01 | Allied Health Professions Australia

14.02 | Briefing Papers

14.03 | National and State Allied Health Alliances

14.04 | Selection and Endorsement of Representatives on External Committees

14.05 | Expert Advisor Register

14.06 | Heads of Speech Pathology Programs Meetings


Section 15: Finance

15.01 | Annual Audit Requirements

  – 15.01.1 | Board Executive Subcommittees

15.02 | Capital Reserves

15.03 | Investments

15.04 | Managing Finances

15.05 | Accountant

15.06 | Branch Costs

15.07 | Refunds

15.08 | Petty Cash

15.09 | Representation

15.10 | Telecards

15.11 | Sponsorship

15.12 | Contribution towards costs for use of own vehicle

15.13 | Teleconferences

15.14 | Payment for Project Work

15.15 | Corporate Credit Cards

15.16 | Fundraising


Section 16: Employment Practice

16.01 | Staff and Staff Administration

16.02 | Appointment to Paid Positions

16.03 | Staff Performance and Development Review

16.04 | CEO Appraisal

16.05 | Employee Leave Guidelines

16.06 | Payment for Project Work


Section 17: Administration

17.01 | Mailing Labels and Lists

17.02 | Records Management

17.03 | Policy Development and Management

17.04 | Systems and Data Security

17.05 | Director Use of Technology including iPads for Board Meetings and Association Business