The Professional Standards – An Introduction

This is the cover of the Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia. The words Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia are in white reversed out of a blue background. The SPA logo appears in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover.Speech Pathology Australia introduces the Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia (Professional Standards).

The Professional Standards detail:

  • the knowledge, skills and attributes a speech pathologist practising in Australia must demonstrate and apply, at any point in their career, as relevant to their speech pathology role and work context;
  • the knowledge, skills and attributes a graduating speech pathology student must demonstrate and be able to apply by the time they complete their entry-level degree.

The Professional Standards includes a hierarchy of Domains, Standards and Elements. The three Domains reflect the core areas of competence required for speech pathology practice in Australia, namely,

  • professional conduct
  • reflective practice and life-long learning
  • speech pathology practice.

The Professional Standards provide the public with an expectation of the minimum standards of all practising speech pathologists in Australia.

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The Professional Standards will replace the Competency Based Occupational Standards - Entry Level (CBOS).

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To learn more about the Professional Standards and how they apply in different circumstances visit the Association's Learning Hub.