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Australia, Psychology in

  1. Amanda Gordon

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0100

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Gordon, A. 2010. Australia, Psychology in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Sydney, Australia

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The history of psychology in Australia is relatively well documented. It was highly influenced in its early years by British psychology, and indeed the early psychologists formed an Australian chapter of the British Psychological Society as their learned society and primary professional body. It was only in 1966 that the Australian Psychological Society, with its own charter, Code of Ethics, and accreditation and standards committees came into being, with a resounding vote from the Australian members to become independent. Since those early days, the Australian Psychological Society has grown into a strong peak professional and scientific body in Australia, with more than 17,000 members in 2008 (approximately 60% of all psychologists in the country). The Australian Psychological Society is consulted by government and nongovernment organizations and by the media on the broad range of issues affecting psychologists and the general community, and for expert comment and advice on various psychological issues that arise.