Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is recognised by the Federal Government of Australia, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, as well as the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) as the professional body which represents speech pathologists in Australia. As a member of NASRHP, the Association must meet the benchmark standards for regulation and accreditation of speech pathology degree programs in Australia.
Current university programs
The Australian university programs currently offering speech pathology degrees are listed below, including their accreditation classification and the term of current accreditation.
Accreditation will automatically lapse at the end of the determined period based on the accreditation classification awarded. For Full Accreditation, this is at the end of a five-year term and for Provisional, at the end of up to two years. Conditional accreditation is case dependent.
In the year prior to the end of the accredited term, universities typically seek re-accreditation. This requires the university to submit documentation for review by a Speech Pathology Australia Accreditation Panel. The Panel will also conduct a site visit at the university. This process enables the Panel to determine if a further period of accreditation will be recommended.
The process of re-accreditation takes several months. For this reason, Speech Pathology Australia and universities undergoing re-accreditation, must adhere to strict accreditation cycle timelines. These timelines enable students from eligible university programs to apply for membership to Speech Pathology Australia upon graduation.
Further information about University Accreditation, the Accreditation Process, and Accreditation Fees is available on separate pages of this website:
Watch a video (or listen to the audio-only) that provides details for prospective students regarding the accreditation process and what the various classifications mean. The video addresses some of the frequently asked questions related to university accreditations and their associated classification outcomes.
Table 1 below provides information on the university courses current accreditation classification.
Table 1: University programs current accreditation classification (NB. information regarding individual programs should be sought from the relevant university)