We are a national organisation committed to the highest standards

The APA is a national organisation with state and territory branches and specialty subgroups committed to implementing the highest standards of corporate governance. Our governance practices have been reviewed against the ‘Principles of Good Corporate Governance and Best Practice Recommendations’ as published by the Australian Stock Exchange.

The APA corporate structure is one of a company limited by guarantee and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by representatives of all stakeholder groups within the Association. Of the potential nine Directors, seven must be financial members of the APA, and up to two may be external, non-physiotherapist Directors. Board members are elected by the National Advisory Council (NAC).

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The APA Board of Directors receives strategic advice from the NAC. All APA Branches and National Groups nominate a representative to the NAC. Other nominees to the NAC include representatives of the APA student group, Journal of Physiotherapy, National Professional Standards Panel, the rural and remote membership base, and the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

The Constitution

Our Constitution is the document that determines the way the APA operates. The APA is committed to the continual development of a flexible and agile culture, with effective structures, systems and processes to help us achieve our vision. 

The APA Code of Conduct

Physiotherapists who are members of the APA must uphold the APA Code of Conduct. All nine principles in the APA Code of Conduct are binding on all APA members. Where guidance points use the term ‘members’ this means the guidance applies to all three types of APA members: physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and physiotherapy assistants. Where the guidance material applies uniquely to physiotherapists, this is clearly indicated.

The APA Board Charter

The purpose of the APA Board Charter is to specify how the APA is governed to promote the APA and protect the interests of the members, employees and communities in which the APA operates.

Our regulations cover the roles, responsibilities and procedures of all APA entities. Read or download the documents:

Australian College of Physiotherapists regulations

Branch regulations

Complaints management and disciplinary hearing procedures – NPSP procedures manual

Meeting regulations

National Advisory Council regulations

National Group regulations

National Professional Standards Panel regulations

Office Bearer regulations