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1. Who is the APS?

The APS is the leading organisation for psychologists in Australia, representing over 22,000 members, and is the largest of all non-medical health professionals organisations in Australia.

The APS strongly advocates for the discipline and profession of psychology, supports high standards for the profession, promotes psychological knowledge to enhance community wellbeing, and is dedicated to providing benefits to support members’ professional lives.

The functions of the APS are conducted through more than 200 active Member Groups within the Society. There are 40 APS Branches spread across Australia, nine APS Colleges representing specialty areas within the profession (clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, counselling psychology, educational and developmental psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, organisational psychology and sport and exercise psychology), and 45 Interest Groups representing the wide range of special interests of the APS membership.

2. What is 2016 APS Congress?

The first ever APS Congress is set to be a major showcase for Psychology in Australia, bringing together all parts of the profession to explore world’s best practice, to share knowledge from right across the entire discipline and to provide quality professional development opportunities for all delegates.

The Congress comes at the end of the APS 50th year of celebrations – themed “ United for the Future” the 2016 APS Congress culminates as a show of unity and strength of the profession celebrating growth of all the constituent sectors of psychology within Australia over the last 50 years.

The 2016 APS Congress programme contains a richness of content, developed in collaboration with all Colleges, Divisions and Interest Groups of the Australian Psychological Society. It is the must attend professional event in 2016 for all Psychologists and allied professionals.

3. When is 2016 APS Congress?

This Congress runs officially from Tuesday 13th – Friday 16th September 2016.

4. Where is 2016 APS Congress?

The 2016 APS Congress will be held at:

Melbourne Convention Centre (also referred to as MCEC).
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

5. How do I register for the 2016 APS Congress?

Please refer to the registration page of this website to register for the Congress.  If you should have any further questions regarding registration, please contact the APS Events Team on +61 3 8662 3300 or email

6. Is APS Membership required to attend the 2016 APS Congress?

No, but we would encourage you to become a member. To become a member of the APS please visit our website or contact our Membership Department on +61 3 8662 3300

7. When do early bird rates end for the 2016 APS Congress?

Early bird registration closes at midnight on Sunday 10th July 2016, after which time the standard rate will apply.

8. When is the cut-off date for registrations for the 2016 APS Congress?

Whilst we do prefer registrations to be in prior to Saturday, 10th September 2016, you can register on the day of the Congress at the Registration Desk, onsite at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

9. Can I share my registration for the 2016 APS Congress?

Individuals cannot share Congress registrations, even if from the same organisation.

10. What payment methods are available for the 2016 APS Congress?

The APS offers the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card (American Express / MasterCard / Visa)
  • Cheque
  • EFT
11. What is the cancellation policy for the 2016 APS Congress?

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to

  1. The Congress Managers reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel all or any of the arrangements contained in the program
  2. Cancellations made before 31st July 2016 will receive a refund, less a $120.00 (GST inclusive) administration fee.
  3. Cancellations made after 31st July 2016, will not receive a refund.
  4. No refunds will be issued until after the Congress.
  5. Substituting delegates will be accepted only prior to the Congress. Registration is valid for the named attendee only. Transferring of registration during the Congress is prohibited and security personnel will be checking every registration on entry to the venue. If the replacement is not a member, the non-member registration fee will apply
12. What is the dress code for the 2016 APS Congress?

“Business casual” attire is appropriate for all Congress sessions. Please check the Social Events information regarding appropriate attire for other events.

13. What is the climate like at the time of the 2016 APS Congress?

Melbourne has the reputation that its weather can sometimes be a little unpredictable. September is the start of spring in Melbourne, with the average temperature ranging between 10˚C and 20˚C. For further information, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website

14. Where can I view the 2016 APS Congress program?

The 2016 APS Congress program is available on the Congress website. In the interest of environmental sustainability, abstracts are only available electronically on the Congress website. It is important to note that this program is subject to change by the Organisers.

15. Do I need to register for sessions for the 2016 APS Congress?

The 2016 APS Congress will be running 9 concurrent sessions throughout the Congress. Pre-allocation of sessions is not necessary.

16. How many CPD points will I receive for the 2016 APS Congress?

The 2016 APS Congress program has been designed to provide delegates with maximum opportunities to accrue continuing professional development (CPD) hours via keynote and invited addresses, professional practice fora, symposia, ‘how to’ sessions, oral and poster presentations, and peer consultation.

Since the APS has aligned its CPD requirements with the mandatory CPD requirements set down by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), members are responsible for making their own decisions as to which sessions attended at the 2016 APS Congress conform to the Board’s CPD requirements. Members are also responsible for keeping their own record of which 2016 APS Congress sessions they have attended, the number of hours and type of CPD activity. This can most easily be achieved by marking the sessions in which you have participated on your Congress program so that you can enter the relevant details into the APS CPD logging system via the APS website at

An attendance Certificate, along with the Congress evaluation will be sent electronically to all attendees the week after the Congress.

17. Will Presentation notes be available for the 2016 APS Congress?

At the conclusion of the Congress, and with permission from the Presenter we will make available all Presentation Slides to all attendees

18. Will my dietary requirements be catered for at the 2016 APS Congress?

We will endeavour to cater to your needs however this may not be possible in all cases and may incur an additional charge. If you have extreme dietary requirements, please contact the organisers via

19. Is there car parking available at MECE?

Car parking is available at MCEC.

20. How do I get to MECE via public transport?

Detailed information on how to access MCEC via train, tram or bus

21. I have special access requirements; will these be catered for at the 2016 APS Congress?

Every effort is made to ensure people with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, please include a notation with your registration form to enable us to make Congress experience pleasant and comfortable.

22. I love social media, how do I get involved for the 2016 APS Congress?

The APS will post regular updates on social media before, during and after the Congress.

You are encouraged to follow the APS’s four main social media platforms, which will be used to share a range of content related to psychology and the Congress: