ANZACATA 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 the creative arts therapies in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region.
ANZACATA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.
The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) is the peak professional body that represents creative arts therapists in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. It is a member-run self-regulating non-profit company limited by guarantee that seeks to advocate for the profession and to ensure that the training and practice of professional members is in accordance with the highest international standards. It encourages continuing professional development of members by supporting colleges and groups representing special interests and regions, hosting regular conferences and symposia, and publishing a peer reviewed journal: the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Arts Therapy (ANZJAT). Creative 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.
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 creative arts therapy developed in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
1995 Establishment of Creative Therapies Association of Aotearoa (CTAA) in New Zealand.
2000 Establishment of Australian Creative Art Therapies Association (ACATA) by first graduates of the RMIT masters programme.
2006 ANATA became ANZATA (Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association), affiliating with
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 (ANZCO).
2009 ANZATA professional membership was opened to Singapore graduates.
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 and ACATA became Affiliated Organisations of PACFA.
2018 ANZATA and ACATA transitioned to ANZACATA, a company limited by guarantee.