Leaders of excellence in career development.

The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is Australia’s cross-sectoral community of career development practitioners, with members in every state and territory and across all sectors of the profession. CDAA (formerly Australian Association of Career Counsellors) was incorporated in South Australia on February 1989. In 2007, the Association voted to change its name to the Career Development Association of Australia. The CDAA is a member of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).


The CDAA is a member-service incorporated association registered under the South Australian Associations Incorporation Act 1985. The Association’s operations are governed by the CDAA Constitution and managed by a National Executive Committee elected from within the membership. It has Divisions in every state and territory which are run by member-elected Division Committees.

2020 Annual Report 2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report 2017 Annual Report

Framework of Excellence

Developing and sustaining practitioner excellence is a key strategic goal for the CDAA. The following image summarises how the Association views professional excellence:


The CDAA Strategic Plan 2020 – 2022 contains four goals, leading career development on a journey towards ever-increasing practitioner excellence:

  1.  Community and Collaboration: CDAA members are positively engaged with each other and appreciate common goals, interests, and values that link them together; as well as respecting the diversity of our community.
  2. Excellence: CDAA members are recognised and respected by the Australian community for high standards in career development practice, and authoritative understanding of the changing world of work.
  3. Empowered Members: CDAA members participate in continuous learning, engage with research, and are innovative in their professional practice.
  4. Governance: Our Association is responsibly managed to support members; and is well-connected and respected.

CDAA members aspire to be leaders of excellence in career development. Our intent is that CDAA members are a vibrant and diverse national community who share a collective interest in career development; and a desire to promote its ability to effect positive change and growth in the lives of all Australians.

We promote the value of career development professionals’ work at every stage of life for individual, corporate and national growth and well-being. We encourage and support our members to aspire to excellence through a broad range of opportunities for professional development and networking. The Association particularly recognises its Life and Fellow members for their excellence in the profession. The CDAA offers types of membership for everyone working in, studying or associated with the Career Development profession.

Another significant way we encourage and support our members to aspire to excellence is through our Awards for Excellence program.

The CDAA is managed by members, for its members. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome by contacting Peter Mansfield National Manager, nationalmanager@cdaa.org.au.