I’ve always been extremely satisfied with any encounter with staff. Enquirers by phone or email always responded to promptly or I have been advised of estimated time of response if they have anticipated a delay. Face to face encounters during staff visits to workplaces have always been positive. Your staff are always professional and don’t make promises they can’t deliver, which is important to me.
Respect, Recognition and Reward for every stage of your career.
We know your career is more than a pay packet, but our work insurance gives you financial peace of mind.
Professionals Australia operates as your insurance for work, with fully qualified lawyers on hand to give you workplace advice and support and to act on your behalf as needed. We also represent thousands of members in workplace bargaining and cover you for accidents on your way to and from employment with journey insurance.
- Our qualified lawyers offer workplace advice, support and representation.Our Qualified Lawyers
Each year our team of qualified lawyers helps more than 1,800 members resolve all kinds of workplace issues.
Employment and workplace law is a complex and constantly changing area. You’re not expected to be an expert in these areas, that’s what we’re here for.
We offer advice to our members and, when needed, representation on more serious issues that can include breach of contract, bullying and unfair treatment, unfair dismissal, redundancy and other common workplace problems.
Workplace advice and support is provided by a team of experienced legal and industrial officers.
Meet the team:
Michael Butler, Director Industrial Relations
- Bachelor of Arts (Social Work)
Michelle Anthony, National Legal Officer
- Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
- Bachelor Of Arts, Monash University
Lee Buntman, Senior Industrial Officer
- Masters of Employment and Labour Relations Law, The University of Melbourne
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University
- Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
- Bachelor of Business (Management), Monash University
Belinda Scholten, National Industrial Officer & Lawyer
- Bachelor of Arts, Monash University
- Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Leo Cussen Centre for Law
Stephanie Gheller, Lawyer
- Bachelor of Arts (English), University of Adelaide
- Bachelor of Laws with Honours, University of Adelaide
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Natasha Sim, Lawyer, National Industrial Officer
- Bachelor of Laws, The University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law
Stratos Pavlis National Member Service Centre Manager
- Bachelor of Arts, La Trobe University
- Post graduate Diploma, Swinburne Institute of technology
- Open Training Institute, Human Resources Certificate
- Chifley Business School, Project Management Certificate
Patricia Ralph National Industrial Advisor/Lawyer
- Graduate Diploma Professional Legal Training, University of Wollongong
- Bachelor of Laws, Victoria University
- Bachelor of Business (Management), Monash University
- Diploma Occupational Health and Safety
- We undertake workplace bargaining to protect and advance your salary and conditions.
- Journey insurance as you travel to and from work.With most workers compensation schemes no longer covering members who suffer injuries while in transit between home and work, our Journey Insurance has you covered.Journey Insurance
A Professionals Australia membership now includes Journey Insurance at no extra cost.
We’ve got you covered in the workplace, now we’ve got you cover on the way to and from the workplace.
As a paid-up Professionals Australia member, you’re now covered by Journey Insurance.
Professionals Australia has always acted as a member’s work insurance through providing workplace advice and support when they need it – our team of qualified lawyers are always on-hand to assist you when need it, and provide advice before you need it.
But now we have you covered beyond the workplace – going to and from work.
The Professionals Australia Journey Insurance policy provides cover for members who suffer injuries while travelling to and from work. Cover is provided when it cannot be claimed under Workers’ Compensation or the Traffic Accidents Act or equivalent.
This service is included at no extra cost as part of your membership fee.
Read the full scope of cover here.
We help you get ahead.
Market rates for your profession and a tailored individual market rates service let you know exactly what you’re worth to give you the best leverage in negotiations.
A range of networking events and seminars are available and we provide industry briefings, employment outlooks and resume reviews.
A tailored career coaching service, Continuing Career Development (CCD) helps our young professional members get the tools, tips and training they need to get jobs to progress their careers.
One on one career coaching helps build a member’s professional reputation, market intelligence ensures members hear about opportunities and our training modules provide professional development and on completion, a Certificate of Professional Practice.
Certificate of Professional Practice
The skills that accelerate your career.
Why you need Enterprise Skills
Qualifications prepare you to do the job but Enterprise Skills prepare you to perform well and get ahead.
In technical professions there is a ‘Floor Price’ or minimum level of qualification and experience you need before you can apply for a position. Once that standard is met, qualifications don’t separate high achievers from under achievers, especially amongst early career Professionals who start out with very similar levels of technical knowledge.
Making a fast start to your career comes down to Enterprise Skills like your ability to communicate, write, work with others, negotiate, lead, management, network and many more.
These skills also matter because they are transferable, you can use them in more than one context and over the next 5 –10 years the markets you are entering will face unprecedented disruption from software automation and the shift to a peer to peer economy.
For these reasons we’ve created The Certificate of Professional Practice (CPP) so no matter what happens in the macro economy – Professionals Australia members have the skills to get ahead and stay ahead.
Certificate of Professional Practice is different
You won’t find any of the same old same old truisms or BS, you will find proven, practical and respected and skills that improve your performance.
Proven: Every strategy we suggested you turn into a habit is based on physiological, business or management studies – proven to work. We also take things a step further with phsycometric tests which give you the quantifiable feedback on progress that is so essential to adult learning.
Practical: We will be super happy if you tell us the exam is too easy because the hard part with enterprise skills isn’t understanding the theory, it’s implementing lasting habits. We've designed each course with habit development in mind and provide you with a habit development plan for each topic.
Respected: Employers respect the CPP because they helped to design it. Each CPP course is designed to address a skills gap identified by employers through our company survey reports.
When you complete a course or course level, we also give you a digital badge you can put on Linkedin to sell your skills.
What topics are covered?
The CPP is made up of three course levels that track the first 3 years of your career:
- The Graduate Standard: is designed to help you hit the ground running and make a fast start to your career. Covering - writing, communication, negotiation, personal branding, time management, networking and team work - it has everything you need to settle into the workforce.
- The Leadership Standard: when you’ve settled into the workforce and are ready for more responsibility. Covering public speaking, persuasion, leadership, digital literacy, learning skills, project management and problem solving, it has everything you need to begin leading people and projects.
- The Innovation Standard: Once your a few years into the job and ready to no longer be considered a graduate, the innovation standard is for you. Covering - Marketing, Strategy, Management, Systems Thinking, Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship - it has all the skills you need to begin influencing your industry.
Each course is provided in Video, Podcast and Ebook formats – so however you like to learn we have you covered.
For further information: http://www.ypccd.org.au/cpp
- Know what you’re worth and use it to advantage through market rates information.
- Industry briefings, employment outlooks and resume reviews give members a competitive edge.
- CCD, a career coaching program for young professionals helps them into the workforce: www.ypccd.org.au
Additional InformationWebinars and Seminars
Professionals Australia membership includes access to its member-only webinar series and free entry and priority access to large-scale industry networking events. These programs are designed to help you become a better professional and stand out in the eyes of employers, clients and other stakeholders.
Our webinars are targeted to meet the needs and expectations of every member, at every stage of their career. This includes young professionals, mid-careers professionals, management and professionals in transition.
The webinar series covers topics on management, leadership, financial planning, becoming a professional, negotiation skills, contracting and consulting advice, understanding your workplace rights and more. Being online, all members from all across Australia can participate.
Knowing what’s happening in your industry, who key players are and building your contacts are also crucial professional elements that Professionals Australia assists members with. In 2016 we will be hosting a number of large-scale industry information and networking events across Australia, which members will able to attend at no cost.
The combination of webinars and networking events will ensure that all members have the skills, knowledge and networks to get ahead, and stay ahead.
Available at no extra cost, members of Professionals Australia have access to personalised resume reviews, interview preparation training, contract reviews and a suite of other career advice resources.
Our resume review service, normally $120, is available to Professionals Australia members at no cost, and ensures that members’ resumes meet the expectations of employers, putting members in the best position to get the job or get the interview.
Getting the job or promotion then relies on performing in the interview, which can be a daunting task. To support members at this crucial stage, we offer one-on-one mock interview training that prepares members to stand-out from the competition and be the successful candidate.
Professionals Australia is committed to the best interests of our members, which means protecting their workplace rights. To this, members can take advantage of our legal experts to go through your employment contract with a fine-tooth comb. Knowing exactly what your contract does and doesn’t contain gives you peace of mind.
For more than 60 years we have been helping Australian professionals get the job and get ahead.
Understanding your industry plays a major role in driving your professional success. Our INFORMERS are powerful business tools, providing strategic industry information including the current performance of each industry, the industry outlook, and the opportunities ahead for industry professionals.
Our Economic Updates help our members keep abreast of how the economy is affecting their industry and profession. This allows our members to understand what is happening in the economy and to make informed decisions in their professional lives.
Professionals Australia’s industry information saves our members valuable time and resources, giving them with the information they need to get ahead. Our Informers and Economic Updates ensure that members are the most informed in their industry, and up-to-date in all of the trends that are likely to affect their profession.
Read an INFORMER here.
We provide you with the tools you need to get ahead when negotiating with your employer. Our Individual Market Rates Service provides you with an impartial, personalized report tailored to you, while our salary survey information provides a broader view.
Our data collection is second to none, with the widest possible sample of employees, driving the data in our online salary calculators and salary surveys, while our analysis gives you an insight and edge on trends for the industry you work in.
Read a sample report here.
Individual Market Rates sample:
See what other members are saying.
- Professionals Australia Member
The benefit of having an organisation boasting skills, expertise, posture and credibility to advocate, defend, support and assist members in the workplace. I have rarely drawn on this over the past many years as a member, but when I have needed it, the peace of mind that comes from having someone to help fight your battles has been great!Professionals Australia Member
While I have not needed advice often, it has been great to have it available when I have – and know that I have somewhere to turn to when looking for an external opinion on a workplace issue. I have also found the resources produced by… Professionals Australia that I have accessed to be high quality and useful when thinking about / managing my career.Professionals Australia Member
I spoke to a Professionals Australia representative a couple of years ago about a Resume review and he provided me with very timely, comprehensive advice about my CV. He annotated the CV I had submitted with comments and ran me those comments over the phone, which I found extremely helpful, before graduating from university.Professionals Australia Member
The experience I had with direct contact with Professionals Australia was excellent. Easy to contact and returned calls in timely manner.Professionals Australia Member
At the time I needed support, (you were) the only organisation I was a member of, that actually did anything.Professionals Australia Member
My experiences with… industrial staff have been excellent – timely, supportive, seem genuinely concerned. Also experienced and expert – it’s nice not to be represented by a novice.Professionals Australia Member
Get the respect you deserve.
We work together to lift the standing of professionals and by doing so, get them the respect, recognition and reward they deserve for the vital roles they play in Australian society.
To do this, we run member driven campaigns and advocate for professionals to government and industry.
- Advocate the value of professionals and the work they do through member driven campaigns.CampaignsProfessionals use their expertise to build, innovate and shape a stronger society.
We draw on the strength of our members to pursue change in our industries and our communities. Our campaigns focus on respect, recognition and reward for professionals so that they can get on with making their vital contribution to our livelihoods.
Professionals Australia members are active across the economy, and our campaigns seek to build relationships with employers and stakeholders, influence policy decisions, raise the profile of professionals, and shine a spotlight on issues in industries and workplaces.
By bringing together our members, research, proposed solutions, and advocacy skills we campaign to ensure that our members’ views and interests are considered when decisions are being made in workplaces, industries, or by governments.
As a Professionals Australia member, you can choose to get involved and contribute to the future of your profession by ensuring professional values are safeguarded, professionals are recognised and supported, and future generations see your profession or industry as an attractive career.
Get involved to make a difference in your profession, your industry, and your workplace.
- Lobby government on behalf of members.
Accreditation lifts the status of professions.
Our Continuing Professional Development program allows our members to stay at the leading edge of industry practice.
Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) focuses on quality, affordability and a streamlined process as the new and growing choice in accreditation for engineers.
Professionals Australia has been approved to operate an assessment scheme by the Queensland government, which assures quality, and enables members to be a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). RPEng provides members recognition that they are competent professionals.
- RPEng is the new mark of quality in engineer registration in Australia, www.rpeng.org.
- CPD is affordable, accessible and keeps you up with industry best practice.
Join to make sure you get the most from your pay packet.
We offer savings on professional indemnity insurance for self-employed members and we offer free financial planning seminars to help you plan your future.
- Member Advantage gives members savings on thousands of products
- Savings on PI insurance.
- Financial planning seminars to help you plan for your future.