Education & Events

Modern Professional Practice and its Future


We attended the UNSW Modern Professional Practice and its Future Conference on 3 March 2016 hosted by Allens in Sydney which was an outstanding program. It was great to see many PA members there.

Professor Richard Susskind, via video-link from London, outlined the arguments of his co-authored book, The Future of the Professions. He contends that there will be a steady decline in the need for human professionals over the next 20-30 years, that machines will become increasingly capable taking on new tasks and decision-making, and that para-professionals with empathetic listening skills will rise in importance. Other panel commentators Graham Greenleaf, Lyria Bennett-Moses, and Deen Sanders did not paint such a bleak future for the professions instead contending that Richard Susskind is overly optimistic about the role of machines, and that humans will always have a need for trusted advice/professional engagement.

The conference showcased the ARC linkage research of a team combining academics from leading Australian and overseas universities and professionals from the Professional Standards Councils. The conference explored topics such as:

  • Professional Indemnity Insurance: Compensating Consumers and Regulating Professionals?
  • Structural Types of Professional Regulation - Comparative Examples from Australia and the UK
  • Inventing the Future: Professions and Digitally Enabled Work.

See news items from the Professional Standards Council

Professions Australia is leading the discussion around the future of the professions. Read about our November 2015 Forum below and and read our media release.

Landmark Agreement to be signed with Universities Australia: Professional Accreditation Principles

President of Professions Australia, Michael Catchpole will co-sign the joint Statement of Principles for Professional Accreditation with Chair of Universities Australia, Professor Barney Glover at a launch in Canberra on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

This landmark Statement outlines agreed principles for the operation of professional accreditation of higher education courses in Australia. It also clearly defines roles and responsibilities for the professions and universities as they work together to ensure quality in professional education, which is the foundation to entry to practise as a professional in our country.

The Future of the Professions and Professionalism in the Age of Digitisation

Professions Australia members and their guests will meet in Sydney on 4 November to discuss this compelling and crucial topic for the professions.

CEO of Professions Australia, Mr Alex Malley will deliver the keynote address on the Future of the Professions. President of Professions Australia, Mr Michael Catchpole will lead a thought-provoking panel discussion with special guest panellists: Dr George Beaton, Executive Chairman, Beaton Research + Consulting and Ms Brenda Aynsley, President of the Australian Computer Society and Senior Vice President of Professions Australia.

Read our media release

Young Professional of the Year 2015

8 October 2015:The President of Professions Australia, Mr Michael Catchpole announced that Dr Kate Amos was Professions Australia Young Professional of the Year at an awards ceremony in Coffs Harbour. Dr Amos was nominated by the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) and presented her award by the Federal Member for Cowper and Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Mr Luke Hartsuyker MP. Read more here