The Applicant must submit an application form completed in accordance with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Rules for Accreditation (Rules) and Accreditation Standards (Standards) on or before 31 March in the year during which the Education Provider (Provider) (including the relevant Academic Organisational Unit, (AOU)) and the relevant Programs of Study (Programs) seek to be assessed for accreditation, or within such other time as may be specified by APAC.
Upon receipt of the application form and required fee, APAC will:
appoint a team of assessors to conduct the accreditation assessment (Assessment Team), if not already appointed;
within thirty (30) days of receipt of the application form, review the material set out in the application form to determine whether or not further information is required and give written notice to the applicant confirming receipt, or requesting such further information; and
where APAC determines a site visit or visits are required as part of the assessment, appoint dates for site visit/s to the relevant campus/es of the education provider to be conducted, if not already appointed.
If further material is requested, it must be provided to APAC within fourteen (14) days of the date of request in order to be considered in the accreditation assessment process.
The onus is always upon the Applicant to demonstrate how the Education Provider, as well as the Programs for which accreditation is sought, meet the Standards, and how the Provider and its Programs will continue to meet the Standards after any accreditation is obtained.
Notice of any changes made to the Standards will be provided to all accredited Providers together with a time frame for compliance with those amendments.
The application fee must be paid to APAC at the time of submitting application forms, in accordance with the Rules and Standards. The application fee is calculated in accordance with the current fee schedule as published by APAC from time to time.
The Applicant must pay any costs of site visits to offshore campuses including travel, accommodation, meals and taxi fares incurred for the purpose of conducting any site visit, or during any site visit by the Assessment Team or after the conclusion of the site visit, regardless of the results of the accreditation assessment.
If further Programs are added after receipt of the application form, the Applicant may be liable to pay a further application fee.
The Assessment Team will provide an assessment report, including a report of any site visit(s), to the Board of Directors of APAC and a recommendation as to the accreditation or otherwise of the Provider, the relevant AOU, and those Programs for which accreditation has been sought.
APAC will endeavour to make a determination as to the accreditation or otherwise of the Provider and the assessed Programs prior to 31 December of the year in which the assessment for accreditation occurs, and will notify the applicant in writing of the determination. If an assessment and/or site visit is conducted outside the accreditation cycle, then APAC will endeavour to notify the Applicant of the determination/s within ten weeks of the conclusion of the assessment and/or site visit.
The Provider and Programs will be assessed against the Standards in force at the time. The Rules, including transition rules in the case of a transition to new standards, set out the rules relating to applicability of standards
Providers and Programs which are assessed during the accreditation cycle as being accreditable will be granted Accreditation Without Conditions for a maximum of five (5) years. A grade of Accreditation With Conditions may be made in circumstances where a Provider or its Programs do not meet all criteria, but can demonstrate that the Provider and the Programs will do so within 12 months of the date of the site visit component of the assessment. Determinations on out of sequence assessments apply only to the balance of time remaining in the cycle during which the assessment occurs.
Assessment by APAC does not guarantee accreditation of any Provider or Program.
Prior accreditation does not guarantee future accreditation of any Provider or Program.
An Applicant may request an Internal Review of an assessment of ‘Accreditation Failed’ of any Provider or Program in writing, addressed to the Chair of APAC. Internal Reviews will be conducted in the manner set out in the Rules.
A decision of the Internal Review Panel will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
Each Applicant and Provider agrees to be bound by the Rules and procedures for accreditation advised by APAC from time to time.
Each Provider agrees to continue to meet all Standards against which it and its programs of study were accredited, for the entire duration of the period for which accreditation has been granted by APAC.
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Terms and Conditions:
the parties acknowledge that APAC is currently appointed by the Psychology Board of Australia to exercise functions with respect to accreditation for the psychology profession under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act as in force in each State and Territory (National Law);
the parties acknowledge and agree that APAC's obligations and agreement to provide accreditation services pursuant to this application form are subject to, and conditional upon, its continuing appointment under the National Law;
the parties further agree that, in the event that APAC's appointment under the National Law ceases:
APAC will cooperate and collaborate with the Psychology Board of Australia in effecting a smooth transition of any incomplete accreditation services pursuant to this application to the entity appointed under the National Law to succeed APAC in the provision of accreditation services; and
The Applicant releases and forever discharges, to the fullest extent permitted by law, APAC from any and all actions, claims, demands, suits, causes of action and costs of whatever nature, past, present and future arising out of or in any way connected with this application for accreditation, and the accreditation assessment activities to which it applies.
Name & Title:
Authorised Signatory, [NAME OF EDUCATION PROVIDER]