ANZATA recognises the potential of all art forms to enrich and enhance our lives. Our mission is to attend to ethical standards of training and of professional practice, and to advocate for the profession of arts therapy in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore as well as in the wider Asia/Pacific region.
ANZATA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.
What is ANZATA
The Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) is the professional body that represents arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. It is a member-run self-regulating organisation that seeks to advocate for the profession and to ensure that the training and practice of professional members are in accordance with the highest international standards. It encourages continuing professional development of members by supporting regional groups, hosting regular conferences and symposia, and publishing an annual peer reviewed journal: the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT). Arts therapy is still an emerging profession in our member countries, and the association strives to raise its profile, advocating and lobbying for increasing recognition, as well as forging connections and links with other disciplines, and other countries.
Aims and Objectives of ANZATA
The History of ANZATA
1987 The Australian National Art Therapy Association Inc. (ANATA) was founded as a non-profit incorporated association.
1990s onwards Programmes at postgraduate level in art therapy, drama therapy and arts therapy have been developed in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
2006 ANATA became ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association), affiliating with New Zealand.
2006 ANZJAT (The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy) first published.
2007 The Australian government wage award was granted to the profession, and the profession was included in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
2009 ANZATA professional membership was opened to graduates of LASALLE College in Singapore.
2011 An ‘s’ was added to ‘art’ in ANZATA’s and ANZJAT's title to reflect the many creative modalities that members utilise.
2015 ANZATA professional membership was opened to graduates of University of Hong Kong.
2016 ANZATA became an Affiliated Organisation of PACFA.
2017 ANZATA voted to restructure as a company limited by guarantee.
2018 ANZATA transitions to a company limited by guarantee.