Join the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and be part of an industry-leading national organisation committed to furthering the counselling and psychotherapy profession.
Broaden your network, support high standards in your industry and deepen your knowledge by joining the PACFA community. PACFA members benefit from our high-level advocacy and the opportunities we open for members' professional recognition and employment. As a practising member you can access our competitively-priced professional indemnity and public liability insurance, peer networks, member discounts for continuing professional development and access to our jobs list/therapist directory.
See the comprehensive list of member benefits.
Check whether the course you have completed is PACFA-accredited.
PACFA provides a united forum for counsellors and psychotherapists to holistically foster professional identity for practitioners, lead research and training, and advocate to the public and government. Additionally;
- Across the sector, PACFA has the highest standards for membership in counselling and psychotherapy
- PACFA does not have a commercial interest in any training organisations, meaning we can advocate for the workforce which will best support the Australia community
- PACFA is a leader in supporting innovative practice, such as Indigenous Healing Practices, through the College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices
- PACFA is committed to research which supports the value of counselling and psychotherapy
- PACFA is a not-for-profit organisation, so all membership fees are reinvested into member services.
Applying with a qualification from overseas? Read more about the application process.
For ACA members: Find further information on which category your ACA membership translates to and how to apply.
Clinical: PACFA’s highest level of membership, you are an experiencedpractitioner who has accrued a minimum of 750 hours of client contact and 75 hours of supervision since completing your studies more than two years ago. Apply for clinical membership.
Provisional (early career): This level is for practitioners who have been out of training and practising for at least two years. The majority of PACFA members apply at provisional level, and later upgrade to clinical membership once they have accrued the client and supervision hours for clinical registration. Apply for provisional membership.
Provisional (new graduate): Have you completed your studies within the last two years? This membership has the same benefits as our early career or provisional category, and on the Find a Therapist function you will be visible as 'provisional'. However, new graduates benefit from a reduced fee to support you at the beginning of your career. Apply for provisional new graduate membership.
Member association member: If you are a practising member of one of PACFA’s Member Associations, you can apply to PACFA to be listed on our register as either provisional or clinical and receive PACFA member opportunities. Apply for member association membership.
Academic: An educator in the field of counselling and/or psychotherapy, you will be contributing to the field through research and education. Apply for academic membership.
Affiliate: Are you interested in the counselling and psychotherapy field, or do you use counselling skills to support clients? Affiliate membership offers association with PACFA and access to our resources. Affiliate members may have trained in a cognate field, or have training outside of PACFA’s requirements, but appreciate the value in being a part of the PACFA community. Apply for affiliate membership.
Student: Student membership is free for all students completing a counselling and/or psychotherapy course. As a student member, you will receive free insurance for your placement(s), a free copy of our professional magazine Psychotherapy and Counselling Today, and access to discounted professional development provided by our expert community of members. Apply for student membership.
See a list of our fees.
Processing times for clinical, provisional, and academic member applications can take up to 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot expedite applications.