References are provided through – a guide to the service can be found here. Remember: you need to login and ‘share’ the confidential reports with the Cairnmillar Institute after they are submitted by your referees before we will be able to see them.

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), the Master of Professional Psychology Practice and Master of Professional Psychology courses require (2) two academic references and (1) one professional reference.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) requires a minimum of three (3) referees but we will read up to four (4) if you submit more than three (3). We recommend that you include at least one of each type of reference if possible (e.g. at least one (1) academic and at least one (1) professional reference, the third reference can be either).

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) course does not require any references.

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy all require (2) two references, we prefer at least (1) one academic reference. However, if you have been out of higher education for more than ten years then two professional references or voluntary references will be sufficient.

There will be no exceptions to this. For fairness to all applicants, requests for alternatives to this service will not be possible. Please contact the service directly if you have problems or issues with using their system or their fees: