The Australian Psychologists And Counsellors in Schools (APACS) is the professional association in Australia for school psychologists, guidance officers and counsellors.


APACS is comprised of a mix of affiliated state organisations and one state branch.


The Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools (Formerly The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling) is published bi-annually, and presents articles of relevance to all areas of guidance and counselling.


Head over to our research page to find out about current research participation opportunities.​


The APACS National Newsletter is an e-Newsletter that we publish quarterly. It contains updates from national committee members and articles of interest to members.


Head over to the events page to view our upcoming professional development opportunities.

APACS is a peak national professional association for school psychologists, school counsellors and guidance officers in Australia. 


We provide leadership and support to our members in school psychology, educational guidance and counselling to support their crucial work in Australian schools. We have over one thousand members across Australia who work in diverse school settings as school psychologists, guidance officers and school counsellors.

The APACS National Committee meets monthly to build on the provision of professional activities and resources that promote current professional knowledge, best practice and collegiate connection.  We engage in dialogue with media, policy makers, AHPRA, members of the public and members on critical issues that impact the profession and the educational outcomes and wellbeing of young people in Australian schools. 


APACS was formed in 1986 under the the previous title of the Australian Guidance and Counselling Association.  APACS is formed as a peak body of affiliated organisations. There are currently five state-based affiliate organisations: APACS SA,  SPAWA, QCGA, TSPA and APACS- South Eastern Australia. Our newly formed South Eastern Australia affiliate aims to serve members from NSW, VIctoria and the ACT. Those wishing to join from the NT are very welcome to contact any affiliated organisation that suits their needs.



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