Professional standards for speech pathologists in Australia

The Professional Standards for Speech Pathologists in Australia (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.