Audiologists work in a large variety of professional settings in Australia including private practice, hospital clinics, in public and private hearing aid clinics, in schools and universities and in industry. You can read more about the services that may currently be offered by appropriately qualified and experienced audiologists and audiometrists in Australia here in the Scope of Practice for audiologists and audiometrists in Australia.
Being awared Audiology Australia's Certificate of Clinical Practice (CCP) comprises being tested against, and continuing to abide by, a suite of policies aimed at ensuring audiologists provide services lawfully, safely and effectively and in the clients’ best interests. This includes meeting Audiology Australia’s rigorous:
- Education and training requirements, which include completion of at least an Audiology Australia accredited Australian Masters-level degree and our full-time one-year internship programme;
- Code of Conduct which is in line with the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers;
- Continuing Professional Development programme, and;
- Recency of Practice requirements.
Clinical certification with Audiology Australia is a requirement to provide government-funded audiological services such as via the:
- Office of Hearing Services’ Hearing Services Program;
- The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA);
- State and Territory workers’ compensation schemes (such as Workcover), and;
- The Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Additionally, private healthcare funds also require that the audiologist is clinically certified by Audiology Australia for hearing service fees to be reimbursed.
Audiology Australia provides rigorous self-regulation for the profession of audiology, with its clinical certification programme at the core. Audiology Australia aims for a model of self-regulation that is equivalent to an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Board’s registration model (i.e. the regulation model for medical practitioners, pharmacists, and physiotherapists, amongst others). You can read more about the health regulation space in Australia and where Audiology Australia fits in in this Issues Paper.
Audiology Australia considers that competence is a quality which cannot be subject to guarantee. The Certificate of Clinical Practice therefore represents acknowledgment that an individual has met specified academic and practical standards considered necessary for competent clinical practice without supervision by someone with more education and/or experience.