Finding an Academic Job in Forensic Psychology in Australia

Hello fellow job-seekers! You are about to embark on an epic journey through the deep catacombs of the university system. You will encounter friend and foe, experience anticipation and frustration, and generally be a complete mess throughout this endeavor. But, fear not! We are here to help with some useful advice on getting a job in forensic psychology (a.k.a. psychology and law, legal psychology). Be sure to check out all of the articles in this series!

This article features useful information on finding an academic job in forensic psychology in Australia, and was written by our Australian representatives Danielle Andrewartha and Celine van Golde.

The overview

Which databases, if any, are used to find academic jobs in your country?

The following are some popular databases that are used in Australia to find academic jobs:

How do you typically hear about academic jobs?

One typically hears about academic jobs via notifications set up through one or more of the websites listed above; via internal University job postings or emails; and through one’s supervisor and other mentors and academic peers and authorities.

How are applications typically submitted?

It is most common for job applications to be submitted either by email or through the hiring organisation’s website or a recruitment agency’s website. However, occasionally some role’s require hard copy applications to be made.

Does your country have positions for international applicants who do not speak the local language?

English is the spoken language of Australia, so applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds would typically need to demonstrate their ability to speak English as a second language.

What are salary expectations for entry level academic jobs in your country?

Salaries for entry level academic jobs in Australia vary widely based upon the nature of the position, the qualifications and experience the applicant has, the state or territory in which the role is based, and whether or not the position is in the public or private sector. As a rough guide, one could expect to earn between $35,000 and $55,000 in their first year as a forensic psychologist.

What are the qualifications needed for different kinds of academic jobs?

The qualifications required for particular academic jobs depends on the relevant job of interest. In Australia, there is a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology that is a prerequisite to an individual becoming eligible for general registration. That six-year sequence can be completed in one of three way:

  1. Three-year accredited undergraduate psychology sequence.
  2. Fourth year accredited psychology studies.
  3. Internship pathway or postgraduate study to general registration.

Note that the courses must be APAC accredited

Some individuals may wish to become a registered psychologist in one of the following specialised areas of practice:

  • Counselling psychology
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Educational and developmental psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Organisational psychology
  • Sports psychology

To receive the endorsement of the Psychology Board of Australia, they must complete an additional fourth step: 4. Registrar program for area of practice endorsement.

Note that this avenue is only available to students who complete the postgraduate pathway.

For more information on forensic psychology in Australia, visit our posts on studying in Australia: part 1 (NSW)part 2 (outside of NSW).


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