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About Us

A career development profession recognised for excellence and valued by all Australians.

The Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) is Australia’s largest and only cross-sectoral community of career development practitioners, with members in every state and territory and across all sectors of the profession.

The CDAA is a member-service incorporated association managed by an Executive Committee elected from within the membership. It has Divisions in every state and territory which are run by member-elected Division Committees. The CDAA is a member of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

The CDAA is committed to the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners and all CDAA members are bound by the CDAA Code of Ethics. These Standards and Code lists the principles of professional conduct developed to safeguard the welfare of consumers and clients of career services provided by members, the integrity of the Association and the integrity of the profession.

The CDAA Strategic Plan 2015 – 2017 contains four priorities, which are:

  • Build organisational sustainability.
  • Embed our Framework for Excellence.
  • Champion the work of career development professionals.
  • Proactively advocate on issues relating to career development.

Our vision is a career development profession recognised for excellence and valued by all Australians.
Our purpose is to support our members by leading, building, and growing the career development profession.

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.