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PACFA calls for Counselling and Psychotherapy Professional Pathways in Higher Education Funding Reforms

PACFA has made a submission in response to the Senate Inquiry into the Job-Ready Graduates Higher Education Reform Package to raise serious concerns regarding the impact of funding reforms in the current draft legislation on the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession.

The proposed reforms to tertiary funding classifications will result in out of pocket fees for students studying professional qualifications in Counselling or Psychotherapy 1.8 times higher than those for students in other mental health professions, while Government contributions to delivering Counselling and Psychotherapy training will drop by 90 percent.

PACFA is calling on the Australian Government to amend the Higher Education Reforms Package to remove these dangerous disincentives and provide consistent recognition of training pathways across the diverse and multi-disciplinary mental health workforce through creation of a Professional Pathway for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

PACFA will continue to advocate on this important issue on behalf of all our members.

Read PACFA’s Response to the Senate Inquiry into the Job-Ready Graduates Higher Education Reform Package