COMPASS® Resources

COMPASS® is a competency-based assessment tool designed to validly assess the performance of speech pathology students in their placements. The tool is delivered via the internet and is also available in a paper-based version. The resources on this page support the use of COMPASS® by students and educators.

Using COMPASS® online

These interactive walkthroughs demonstrate how COMPASS® online works for students and educators

Worked Examples

These two resources provide scenarios of (hypothetical) students and educators at the Mid- and End-placement assessment where there are indicators that the student may be at risk of failing to progress in their development of clinical competencies. They can be used as a self-study guide for educators and students and as a resource for use in workshops to stimulate discussion and the development of problem solving strategies

Reflecting with COMPASS® This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF. is a worked example of student reflection in relation to COMPASS®, prior to commencing the first clinical placement (child caseload), at the mid stage of the same placement, and at the end of the same placement. This resource can be used as a model by students as part of their self-directed study, or by academic and clinical educators in working with students.


These videos are of educators talking about their interpretation of using COMPASS® in their work place. They will provide you with ideas for applying the behavioural descriptors to your setting so you can develop examples to support learning and assessment.

  • Andrew Bullen talks   about his expectations of student competency at intermediate and entry-level when on placement in a residential setting for adults with intellectual impairment.
  • This Andrew Bullen interview  excerpt focuses on behavioural descriptors.
  • Maria Berarducci talks  about her expectations of student competency at intermediate and entry-level when on placement in an inpatient adult rehabilitation unit.

Useful Links and Documents


The development of these resources and materials has been made possible by contributions from Speech Pathology Australia, Health Workforce Australia, Flinders University, University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, La Trobe University, and James Cook University.