why join ANZACATA?

ANZACATA is the peak professional body for the creative arts therapies in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia/Pacific region. The profession in our region and its diversity has grown exponentially in recent years, due in part to the increase in evidence and practice-based research in the field and the greater profile of the benefits of the arts in health. ANZACATA is committed to advocacy for the profession and its practitioners. Members receive the benefits of the Association’s advocacy and the advantages and protection of being represented by a professional body. 

All members have the opportunity to participate in activities and groups that are supported and promoted by the Association. The member-led College and CAT Group structure provides members with the possibilities for networking, peer support, continuing professional development, pursuing special interests, and connection with the creative arts therapy community. 

ANZACATA holds a conference or a symposium every year and members have the opportunity to present, and/or attend, receiving a generous member discount on event fees. These events attract world class leaders in the creative arts therapies as keynotes and masterclass presenters. Members receive ANZACATA’s regular monthly newsletter, a peer-reviewed journal, ANZJAT, and access to the ANZACATA Forum on this website.

Professional members can opt to include the master indemnity insurance package as part of their member registration. Members at other levels are able to arrange insurance through BMS Insurers, taking advantage of the competitive rates offered to ANZACATA members. Professional members are also entitled to use the ANZACATA logo and post nominal (AThR), to vote, to be listed on the Find a Therapist directory on the website, participate in funding schemes that recognise ANZACATA, and to have access to useful resources on the website and advertising and marketing opportunities. Professional members are eligible to register for funding schemes that ANZACATA is recognised by, such as NDIS in Australia and ACC in New Zealand.

ANZACATA has tiered levels of membership based on levels set by qualifications authorities. In the case of Professional level, there are also a requirement for supervised practice hours. The levels are as follows:

  • Professional 
  • Tier 4 – Provisional 
  • Tier 3
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 1
  • Non-practising
  • Trainee 
  • Student
  • Affiliate


Click here to view the categories and requirements of each membership level.

Click here to download the Membership Application Guide.

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