Government Recognition

PACFA is lobbying for recognition of counselling and psychotherapy by federal and state governments. The aims of our lobbying efforts are to:

  • Gain recognition of counsellors and psychotherapists as an important part of Australia’s mental health workforce
  • Obtain Medicare numbers for suitably qualified and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists
  • Obtain recognition by other government departments and agencies such as Veterans Affairs, Education Departments, Human Services Departments, Transport Accident Commissions and  WorkCover agencies in each state
  • Create employment opportunities for counsellors and psychotherapists by lobbying potential employers and employee assistance programs

PACFA has formed a partnership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)  through ARCAP, The Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, to lobby government at the federal level.

PACFA is developing a range of materials to support our lobbying efforts.

Download FACT SHEET – About PACFA and the self-regulating profession of counselling and psychotherapy