Roles and functions

Establishment and history

The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia was formed to encompass the activities of two separate organisations within Australia, namely the Australasian Council on Chiropractic Education (ACCE) and the Joint Education Committee of Participating Registration Boards (JEC). The Council recognises the achievements of both these organisations and aims to continue their high standard of support to the profession and the public.

The organisation was first established on 27 February 2002, as an incorporated association in South Australia. 

More recently, the association has progressed a transition of its legal structure to a company limited by guarantee. On 26 March 2014, the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Limited was established as a company limited by guarantee. On 21 August 2014, the property, rights and liabilities of the incorporated association were transferred to CCEA Ltd.

Purpose

The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) Ltd is an independent and nationally recognised body responsible for ensuring competency and high education standards in chiropractic for the Australasian community.

CCEA assists with the provision of safe and competent chiropractic for the Australasian community by:

  • inspecting, accrediting and continually monitoring entry level chiropractic programs in Australasia;
  • a skills assessment process for chiropractors trained outside of Australia and New Zealand for migration and work visa eligibility. Successful completion of this process allows eligibility to apply to the relevant independent regulatory authority for registration in Australia.

CCEA does not:

  • register chiropractors;
  • have responsibility for employment; or
  • provide or assess continuing education courses and training.

Functions

The main functions of CCEA are to:

  • assess and accredit all higher education programs in chiropractic conducted in Australasia;
  • develop and maintain internationally recognised accreditation standards and processes for application in the conduct of program assessments;
  • develop and conduct evaluation processes to ascertain the suitability of overseas trained chiropractors to migrate to and practise in Australia, and by virtue of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Assessment legislation, to practise in New Zealand;
  • monitor and review chiropractic education and the standards of chiropractic practice in Australasia and make any recommendations to the relevant authorities;
  • establish and maintain relationships with overseas agencies and organisations having similar responsibilities for the assessment and accreditation of chiropractic education programs.