About the ACA

ACA is Australia’s largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists with over 16,000 members. 


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Setting and upholding high industry standards and ethical practices

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Engaging all members with mutual respect and promoting diversity

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Proactively seeking innovation and driving positive change

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Providing a safe, supportive environment and promoting a culture of kindness

Our National Influence

The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) was formed as a national association in 1998 to uphold high standards in counselling and psychotherapy. Today, with more than 16,000 members, ACA has evolved into the largest registration body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia.

ACA serves as a cornerstone for the counselling community, ensuring accreditation, professional development and growth, ethical conduct, and high standards in education and practice. We believe in creating a transparent and accountable framework through a consistent Code of Conduct and comprehensive Scope of Practice.

Beyond regulatory functions, ACA actively supports the continuous professional growth of our members, promoting ongoing education and training, creating employment opportunities, and engaging in research initiatives to enhance and promote counselling practices. ACA stands firm in its commitment to guiding practitioners throughout their professional journey and remains dedicated to shaping the landscape of the counselling profession, ensuring a trustworthy and proficient workforce for the individuals and communities they support.


International Representation

Internationally, ACA is recognised for its solid reputation and has formal affiliations with peak bodies in various countries, including the Philippines, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Papua New Guinea. As a member of the International Association of Counselling, ACA is committed to global leadership and collaboration. Our engagement extends to counselling organisations in Canada, New Zealand, the USA, Malaysia, and the UK. We are proud to hold recognition in global mental health aid efforts through Observer Member status with the World Health Organization’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group.


To improve the lives of Australians through counselling and psychotherapy delivered by trusted professionals.


To advance to the counselling profession. To advocate for, support, and uphold the highest standards for counsellors in Australia, fostering a culture of quality care, accountability and continuous education.

Why Join the Australian Counselling Association?

As a member of ACA, you will join a community of dedicated professionals committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, continuous learning, and the wellbeing of individuals and communities across Australia. As the landscape of mental health evolves, ACA is dedicated to evolving with it, ensuring that our members remain at the forefront of the counselling profession.

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