APS census date is 31st May. Leave or be counted!

As you all know APS has been on a recruitment drive lately trying to attract new members and renewals before 31st May 2019. Why? Because that’s the date they will count the membership for their annual report, and they want it to be as large a number as possible. Membership is the only basis of legitimacy for the APS. If they lose enough members, they can’t purport to represent the whole profession. RAPS has been informed that the APS is now offering to enter members in a draw to win a $1000 gift card in return for renewing before 31 May. It seems the APS is desperate.

Many of you have said that you will not renew come 31 May.  HOWEVER, please be aware that if this is what you intend to do, your membership won’t expire until midnight on 31 July 2019. You will still be counted as a current member, increasing the APS’s representative mandate.

We have an email from Mike Griffin, Manager Membership APS, which states “Our end of year figure will again be captured as 31 May and we are currently trending slightly ahead of last year at the same time. The final figure will be published in the 2018/19 annual report which is available publicly online.”

What does this mean?

It means that even if you don’t renew for the coming year – you will be counted in the membership figures for the year ahead if you are a member on 31 May.

It means that the APS will use the inflated (and overstated) figure in the coming year to support their claims that they are the peak body for psychologists in Australia.

What can you do? Cancel your membership immediately!

Send an email to: M.Griffin@psychology.org.au

“Dear Mr Griffin

I wish to cancel my APS membership effective immediately. Please confirm by return email.


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We also suggest you write a snail mail letter with your signature on it to follow up. Let’s not leave anything to chance.

Let’s try to ensure the APS publicised membership figures are accurate and representative of the small number of psychologists they actually represent. We also need to make sure that other organisations have tangible proof that the APS does not represent the interests of ALL psychologists. Dwindling, small membership numbers will help reflect this.