Sample Advocacy Letter Education Reform
In a recent newsletter, we highlighted some concerns over the proposed changes to university fees that would directly affect future undergraduate psychology students and postgraduate provisional psychologists.
We have opposed the changes via the media and through direct advocacy.
Since we last reported on this issue some further information has been obtained. In a response from an AAPi advocacy letter, the Minister for Education’s Office wrote the following:
"As you noted, from 2021, students studying postgraduate Clinical Psychology will pay 46 per cent less under the package. All other units of study for psychology, that fall under Behavioural Science will be moved to Band 4, attracting a maximum student contribution amount of $14,500."
The letter also further defined the Education Departments definition of 'Clinical Psychology':
"Clinical psychology units of study are postgraduate coursework psychology units of study (Field of Education code 090701) that contribute to courses that are accredited for the purposes of professional registration by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists, the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, the APS College of Counselling Psychologists, the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists, the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, the APS College of Health Psychologists, the APS College of Sport Psychologists and the APS College of Community Psychologists. Other units of study in psychology are in cluster 3." Cluster 3 subjects will become more expensive.
You may notice that the above definition includes all postgraduate psychology units leading to an area of practice endorsement excluding Organisational Psychology.
While AAPi will continue to advocate for all psychology students, provisional’s and registered psychologists, if you have concerns regarding the ramifications of this proposed reform we encourage you to write to the following senators that have the power to block this reform, particularly if you reside in South Australia, Tasmania or Queensland.
- Senator Rex Patrick (SA), email@example.com
- Senator Jacqui Lambie (TAS), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senator Stirling Griff (SA), email@example.com
- Senator Pauline Hanson (QLD), firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download a sample letter to adapt and send here.