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Resources, policies and guidelines

PACFA maintains the highest membership standards for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. As a self-regulating body for the profession, PACFA has developed policies and guidelines to support members in providing best-practice therapy.

Registration standards
Registration Standard - Certified Practising
Registration Upgrade Standard - Registered Clinical


Associated registration standards
Proof of Identity Standard
Criminal History Standard
Professional Indemnity Insurance Standard
Client Contact Standard
Clinical Supervision Standard
Continuing Professional Development Standard
Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct Standard


Associated registration policies
Register Audit Policy
Register Leave of absence Policy
Registration Appeals Process


Training standards
PACFA Training Standards 2022
Specialist Training Standards 2018


Ethical standards
Code of Ethics 2017
Scope of Practice 2018
Code of Conduct 2020
Professional Conduct Procedures 2020
Professional Conduct Procedures 2024


Practice guidelines and resources
Community of Care Guidelines for therapists and groups 
Certified Practising Counsellor Welcome Pack
Registered Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist Welcome Pack
Position statement on therapeutic support for LGBTIQ+ individuals and their families
Working with recovered memory
Advertising counselling and psychotherapy services
Privacy, intake and consent in private practice: Good Practice Guideline
Maintaining client records: Good Practice Guideline
Writing session notes: Good Practice Guideline
PACFA Communities and Social Media Guideline
Disaster response resources
State government code of conduct
Using the PACFA logo
Low-cost group supervisor directory
Practising during Covid-19
Digital member badges
Annual CPD and supervision requirements
Evidence-informed practice statement


PACFA Constitution 2020
PACFA By-laws 2021
Privacy Policy
Private Health Fund Policy
Complaints and feedback policy
Hardship policy - Renewals 2022


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