NDIS AT Strategy Launched
Nov 20, 2015

The NDIS launched their Assistive Technology Strategy at the recent 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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2016 National Assistive Technology Conference

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

We thank our partners at Occupational Therapy Australia and all our sponsors, exhibitors and delegates for such an inspiring and successful event.

Presentations will be made available via the conference page of this website by mid August.

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, recommendation, 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.

“Toward consensus on Assistive Technology (AT) Terminology and Scope in Australia”

A seminar was held on on Friday 11th December to discuss assistive technology provision for people with disability as a local and global priority.

The seminar was hosted at Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne by ARATA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), and videoteleconferenced around Australia. Over 50 participants joined the event and shared in a question and answer session. Bringing together global, Australian and local perspectives, this event has started an important conversation regarding AT in Australia, and how to identify, provide and describe it. You are invited to continue this conversation by engaging with the global GATE initiative, including voting on the world's 50 top priority assistive products and joining us at the AATC in July 2016.

Click here for presentations by the speakers
·  Chapal Khasnabis (WHO) ‘What is the GATE initiative and why now?’ (Large file 3.9Mb)
·  Dr Natasha Layton (ARATA, AHPA) ‘How AT enables inclusion’
·  Dr Lloyd Walker (NDIA) ‘Improving AT provision in Australia and beyond

To view the full video (1hr 47 min) of the seminar, visit this link

Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE)

GATE logoThe World Health Organisation’s (WHO) GATE Initiative has only one goal – to improve access to high-quality affordable Assistive Products, responding to the call to increase access to essential, high-quality, safe, effective and affordable medical products, one of the six WHO leadership priorities.

Please share this link and help us to identify 50 top priority assistive products

Related articles written by Emily Steel:
Australia in Global Cooperation on Assistive Health Technology (GATE)
Global Conference on Assistive Devices and Technology, Beijing October 29-30 2015

ARATA Projects to inform public policy

ARATA has invested in a major piece of policy work regarding AT Practitioners and the NDIS. ARATA jointly won Practical Design Funds to conduct a project on Establising Quality in the AT Practice and Supply Sectors. 'click here' or 'go to publications'

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