The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control is the peak body for infection prevention and control professionals (IPCPs) in the region. Our members are key practitioners and decision makers in the field of infection prevention and control and include nurses, aged care workers, industry professionals, scientists, academics, educators, and policy makers.

Our vision is to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.

ACIPC seeks to be the voice for infection prevention and control professionals, focused on providing leadership, education, and evidenced-based practice for a healthy community. Whilst the t5deCOVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of IPC in health and aged care settings, and the broader community, our members continue to address challenges such as hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistance.

The College supports our members and IPC in the broader community through our activities, including:

  • Education for members and non-members
  • Advocacy on the importance of IPC to government and the community
  • Collaboration with other health associations and international IPC organisations
  • Publishing original research in our journal Infection Disease and Health
  • Communication to our members and stakeholders, including our newsletter IPC News
  • Representation on national and international panels, committees and working groups
  • Our credentialling pathway to strengthen the roles of IPCPs

The College commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

The College is a company, limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and are endorsed as a Deductible Gifts Recipient (DGR).

Overall responsibility for the College is vested in the Board of Directors, chaired by the President. An Executive Management Team (EMT) of the President, President-Elect and Past-President, provide day-to-day oversight of the College’s operation, which are managed by an Executive Manager and office staff.

Our head office is at Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania.



A Brief History of ACIPC

ACIPC as we know it today commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia using a corporate model. AICA was formed in 1985 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration at a national level.

It became clear that the structure of AICA had limitations and it was resolved to work towards a new model that would ensure a sustainable organization, with a clear delineation between management and professional activities that could be adequately resourced. To realise this, a National Consultative Steering Group was formed, made up of key stakeholders from the College membership. Consultation with members resolved that the new organisation be a College, reflecting an emphasis on education and be Australasian rather than Australian, recognising the location and relationships within the region.

The vision for the new College was given form with the work of the Steering Committee and came to fruition at the AICA Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, 9th November 2012 at the APSIC (Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control) Conference in Melbourne when the members voted unanimously for the formation of the new entity. The February 2016 meeting of the Executive Council resolved to adopt a new name for itself, which we believe is better aligned with our duties as custodians of the College. Effective 29 March 2016, the ACIPC Executive Council is referred to as the ACIPC Board of Directors.

Read the ACIPC Constitution


Strategic Priorities for 2020-21

  • Strengthen our profile as the peak body for IPC through effective communication and relationships with members, industry and partners.
  • Establish an agile and sustainable structure that will optimise College resources to meet member and stakeholder needs.
  • Strengthen the profile of infection prevention and control as a profession.




Organisational Structure

Prof. Peter Collignon

Prof. Peter Collignon

College Patron

Professor Peter Collignon is an experienced infectious diseases physician and microbiologist, Peter is currently the Executive Director of ACT Pathology. He continues to work in the Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department at the Canberra Hospital. He is also a Professor at the Medical School of the Australian National University and is a college member. In his career he has engaged with media on a variety of topics related to infection. Peter is active in many research and public health advocacy issues dealing with different infections and their risks.