CBOS Review Stakeholder Consultation

7 - 25 October 2019

The review of the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists – Entry Level (CBOS) is an important initiative of Speech Pathology Australia (the Association). It will support the development of a future ready workforce capable of delivering best practice and fulfilling the vision and aspirations articulated in Speech Pathology 2030: making futures happen project. Importantly, the revised standards will be relevant to all speech pathologists wishing to work in Australia, throughout their career.

The CBOS Review project began in mid-2018 and has involved an extensive consultation and research process. Draft standards, currently titled Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia have been developed.

Feedback on the draft standards

View the Working Draft of the Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Watch a recording of a recent webinar that provides a concise overview of the new draft standards.

The Association is now seeking feedback on these draft standards from stakeholders including:

  • users of speech pathology services;
  • employers of speech pathologists;
  • professional associations;
  • universities;
  • organisations; and
  • speech pathologists (Speech Pathology Australia members and non-members).

How to provide feedback

Feedback should be provided via the following two surveys (View the survey questions in advance):

  1. Feedback survey A - Complete this survey to provide feedback on the draft Professional Standards.

AND

  1. Feedback survey B - Complete this survey by COB Tuesday 15 October to self-nominate for a Focus Group.

The purpose of the consultation is to further refine the standards. This will inform their completion by late December 2019.

The consultation process will run from Monday 7 October until Friday 25 October 2019.

When the standards are finalised, there will be extensive consultation with members and stakeholders to develop an implementation plan. Education opportunities about the new standards will also be provided. This work will take place in 2020. The current CBOS will continue to be used until further notice.

Feedback - other resources

View Background to Professional standards for speech pathologists in Australia Working Draft This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Listen to the Speak Up podcast: CBOS review update.

View the CBOS Review Public Consultation Process – A Visual Summary This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF..

Feedback - questions?

Questions or queries about the review of CBOS or the stakeholder consultation should be directed to the Association’s Manager of Professional Standards.

Get involved in providing feedback

There are three different ways for stakeholders to contribute to the consultation being facilitated by Young Futures.

1. Online feedback

The draft standards and a link to provide online feedback is from 7-25 October 2019.

2. Webinar (recorded on 9 October 2019)

Watch a recording of this 40 minute webinar. (It provides a concise overview of the new draft standards.)

3. Focus Groups

  • The focus groups will contribute to the refinement of terminology and/or specific components of the draft standards.
  • Each focus group will be limited to 10 participants.
  • Self-nomination for focus groups will close at 5 pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 October. You will receive confirmation of whether or not you have been selected for a focus group by 5 pm AEDT on Thursday 17 October.
  • Selection will focus on ensuring a mix of perspectives and experiences relevant to the key issue being discussed.
  • Self-nominate via the Speech Pathology Australia website from Monday 7 October 2019.
Topic Time (AEDT) Date
Applying the professional standards from graduation onwards 2:00-3:30 pm Monday 21 October
Applying the professional standards to students and at the point of entry to the profession 1:00-2:30 pm Saturday 26 October 
Review of content about communication 2:00-3:30 pm Tuesday 22 October
Review of content about communication 7:00-8:30 pm Wednesday 23 October
Review of content about swallowing and mealtime participation 7:00-8:30 pm Tuesday 22 October
Review of content about swallowing and mealtime participation 2:00-3:30 pm Wednesday 23 October
Review of content about community and population speech pathology practice 1:00-2:30 pm Thursday 24 October
Review of the visual model representing speech pathology practice 2:00-3:30 pm Friday 25 October