Member Application Forms and Information
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is a membership organisation that draws its strength from its members. As the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia, the Association has several categories of membership.
The Association's membership year starts on 1 July and finishes on 30 June.
Have you just finished your Speech Pathology course and are applying for Certified Practising membership (CPSP) for the first time?
New application forms are now available.
Please read the 'How to complete the new graduate application form' document below before completing your application.
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Speech Pathology Australia has several categories of membership that are outlined below.
Please read about the different categories in order to choose the appropriate application form to submit to National Office along with all the relevant documentation and payment.
Certified Practising member
This membership category is for suitably qualified speech pathologists engaged in activities of speech pathology practice who meet the Certification requirements for Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) status.
Check the eligibility requirements for you to join as a Certified Practising Member.
Check the definition of practice and the recency of practice requirements.
What documents do I need to provide?
If you are joining for the first time or re-joining after not being a member for at least two years, you will need to complete and submit a Membership Application Form * .
If you are a new member (never previously been a Speech Pathology Australia member), you will need to submit:
- A completed membership application form.
- E-quals link from the university where you completed your speech pathology degree OR certified evidence of your speech pathology qualification e.g. a certified copy of your degree or a certified copy of an official transcript of results.
- If you completed your speech pathology degree more than 5 years before application for Certified Practising membership, you must provide evidence you have met the recency of practice requirement of a minimum 1000 hours of speech pathology practice in the past 5 years e.g. a statutory declaration signed by an authorised witness OR a signed and dated statement of service or letter from an employer on employer's letterhead.
If you have changed your name since completing your degree, please also submit certified evidence of the name change e.g. a certified copy of a marriage certificate.
If you are re-joining Speech Pathology Australia after a break in membership of five or more years you will need to submit:
- A completed membership application form.
- Evidence that you have met the recency of practice requirement of a minimum 1000 hours of speech pathology practice in the past 5 years e.g. a statutory declaration signed by an authorised witness OR a signed and dated statement of service or letter from an employer on employer's letterhead.
If you have changed your name since being a Speech Pathology Australia member, please also submit evidence of the name change e.g. a copy of a marriage certificate.
Email all documents, including certified documents to Speech Pathology Australia. Scanned documents must be at least 300dpi
Certified Practising member (new graduate)
Have you completed your accredited Australian entry level speech pathology course within the last three years?
Complete the New Graduate application to be a Certified Practising member with Provisional CPSP status working towards full CPSP status. Please read the 'How to complete the new graduate application form' below prior to applying.
New Graduate Application Form
How to complete the new graduate application form
Joining Speech Pathology Australia as a new graduate (flowchart) .
NB. Certified Practising members (with full or provisional CPSP status) are entitled to a Speech Pathology Australia membership certificate and qualify for Medicare and Private Health fund Provider Number status.
Non Certified member
This member category is for suitably qualified speech pathologists engaged in activities of speech pathology practice who DO NOT meet PSR requirements and therefore are NOT eligible for CPSP status, who are joining for the first time or or rejoining after not being a member for at least two years. Non-certified membership is time limited for a maximum of one renewal period or 12 months which is ever the greater of the two. The non-certified member is provided with time to meet the CPSP requirements.
Member Application Form *
Non Practising member
This member category is for suitably qualified speech pathologists who are not engaged in the activities of speech pathology as practitioner, administrator, educator, researcher or any combination thereof. Nor do they receive remuneration for speech pathology activities.
Member Application Form *
This application is available to members who have retired or are no longer working as a speech pathologist who have held Membership (Certified Practising, Non Certified or Non-practising) of the Association in the past for at least ten years.
Alumnus Application Form *
The Re-entry program and membership is aimed at speech pathologists previously eligible for practising membership with Speech Pathology Australia but who have been on a career break of more than five years and less than 15 years. You need to read further information about Re-entering the profession before applying.
Students enrolled in a speech pathology course recognised by Speech Pathology Australia are eligible for this category of membership. First year students are offered complimentary membership for their first year of study but must provide letter of offer as evidence to support this.
(If you have completed your studies and are awaiting results you are no longer eligible for student membership.If you are about to graduate and require Certified Practising membership to apply for a Medicare number please use the New Graduate application form.)
Join as a student member (online form). | Are you joining Speech Pathology Australia as a New Graduate?
This reduced membership fee is for suitably qualified speech pathologists engaged in full-time post-graduate study (ie beyond entry-level qualifications) in a course recognised by the Association that will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree or Doctor of Philosophy in speech pathology. Please complete the Certified Practising membership form.
Fees and Payment
2022 Membership Fees
To change your direct debit details please complete the Direct Debit Form
Direct Debit Service Agreement
* These forms can only be accepted by post if returned to:
Speech Pathology Australia
Level 1 / 114 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000