Inherent Requirements


The statements below specify the course requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance.

Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a registered psychologist are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to patient safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. They should be read in conjunction with other course information, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules and Standards, and the codes, guidelines and policies of the PsyBA.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand what it is like to complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice, which includes both coursework and placement components. Further information about the course is available in the course guide and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

After graduating from this course, you will have completed extensive hands-on psychological practice, received individual and group supervision, and acquired the professional skills to meet the requirements for the ‘5+1’ internship pathway to registration. Once you have achieved general registration as a psychologist, you can work in any area of psychology that is within your scope of competence and uses the title ‘psychologist’.

Inherent requirements domains

There are nine domains of inherent requirements in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Relational skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Sensory abilities
  • Sustainable performance

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