Call for Conference Abstracts Now Open
Nov 21, 2015

The Call for Abstracts for the 2016 Australian Assistive Technology Conference is now open.  Abstract submission due date is 29th January 2016.


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NDIS AT Strategy Launched
Nov 20, 2015

The NDIS launched their Assistive Technology Strategy at last months NDIS New World Conference in Brisbane.

This can be freely downloaded and reviewed via the NDIS website or follow this link.

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Oct 30, 2015

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International Lecture DVD still available
Oct 18, 2015

ARATA is pleased to offer people the opportunity to purchase a DVD of the 2014 Lecture on ISO and ICF by Professor Yvonne  Heerkens ‘What Allied Health Practitioners need to know about WHO ICF and the International Standard for Assistive Products for people with a Disability"


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Our Next Conference

The Australian Assistive Technology Conference 2016 is an exciting collaboration between the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association and Occupational Therapy Australia.

The Australian Assistive Technologies Conference (AATC2016) will be held at Jupiters, Gold Coast, Queensland on the 27th through to the 29th of July 2016.

The call for abstracts is now open.

Please visit the conference section of this website for further information.


ARATA is a national association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for information sharing and liaison between people who are involved with the use, prescription, customisation, supply and ongoing support of assistive technology.

We are a members based organisation and encourage all people to join our association.  Please visit our members section of our website for further details.

Download the ARATA Brochure (pdf, 1.1 mb)

Please visit the about us section of our website for further details.

 AT Practitioners and the National Disability Insurance Scheme

As part of the gathering of good practice to establish the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the ARATA board engaged an expert project team to draw together ARATA's policy and evidence base around assistive technology practice.

The ARATA project team, coordinated by Lloyd Walker includes Gunela Astbrink, Natasha Layton and Michael Summers, brings a wide range of specialist expertise in assistive technology and ensures the voice of AT practitioners is well represented.

ARATA's position in relation to AT and the NDIS was lauched at our August 2012 conference.

Establishing quality in the AT Practice & Supply Sectors

This joint project between ARATA and the Assistive Technology Suppliers' Association (ATSA) gives the background and the suggested approach to establishing an Australian national accreditation system for AT practitioners and suppliers.

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Please visit the NDIS website for further updates and information about the progress of the scheme.