Speech pathology scope of practice in Australia (Scope of practice) is a core Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) document. This core document supersedes and replaces the Scope of practice in speech pathology (SPA, 2015).
The Speech pathology scope of practice document aligns with other SPA core documents: the Professional standards for speech pathologists in Australia (SPA, 2020a) (Professional standards), the Code of ethics (SPA, 2020b) and Evidence-based practice for speech pathology in Australia (SPA, 2021).
The Speech pathology scope of practice in Australia serves as a resource for speech pathologists, consumers, educators, employers, other professionals, regulating bodies, government agencies, funding bodies and the general public. This document provides a definition of ‘practice’ and describes scope of speech pathology practice in relation to the roles, networks and contemporary practice settings in Australia. The practice definition in this document is consistent with and used across multiple SPA functions including the Certification program guide for certified practising speech pathologists (SPA, 2022).