National Awards Scheme

PACFA has a National Awards Scheme which offers prizes annually for outstanding students and graduates in counselling and psychotherapy.

Download the National Awards Scheme flyer.

The scheme gives students and graduates from institutions that run PACFA-accredited courses the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding achievements.

All students undertaking courses that are accredited by PACFA are eligible to to win prizes in the PACFA Awards Scheme. A full list of the accredited courses can be found at the PACFA website: PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy programs.

PACFA Awards for Outstanding Student Papers (2 recipients)

Prizes for two Outstanding Student Papers will be awarded annually, one to an undergraduate student and
one to a postgraduate student.

Students enrolled in PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy programs, in any year of their training, are eligible to be nominated for the prize.

The prize for each Outstanding Student Paper is:

  • A cash prize of $500
  • A complimentary 1-year PACFA membership at Provisional level* (valued at $334)
  • Publication of the paper in the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA)
  • An Award Certificate.

All institutions providing PACFA-accredited courses are invited to nominate one undergraduate student paper and one postgraduate student paper (as applicable to the institution’s accreditation).

Nominations are to be submitted to the PACFA Office by 5pm on 30 November 2018 to

The winning papers will be selected by PACFA’s Research Committee. The decisions of the PACFA Research Committee are final and are not subject to appeal.

PACFA Awards for Outstanding Graduates (31 recipients)

PACFA Prizes for Outstanding Graduates will be awarded to one graduating students selected by each institution offering PACFA-accredited courses.

Only final year students who are graduating from PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy courses are eligible to receive the Outstanding Graduate Prize.

The prize includes:

  • A complimentary 1-year PACFA membership at Provisional level (valued at $334)
  • Award Certificate

One Outstanding Graduate award winner may be selected by each institution offering PACFA-accredited courses, based on the overall academic and practical performance of the graduate. The selected winner is to be notified to the PACFA Office by 5 pm on 30 November 2018. Email:

PACFA will endeavour to send a representative to any award ceremony held by the institutions for selected prize winners.