Talk: Theory, Policy and Assistive Technology Practice
Sep 13, 2016

‘Theory, Policy and Assistive Technology Practice: how inclusive research can change the world’ online talk by Dr Natasha Layton

presented by ‘Media @ Sydney'

Thurs 22 Sept, 2016, 2.30-4pm

University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

Location: MECO Seminar Room S226, Level 2, John Woolley Building (A20)

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August Update from the President
Sep 1, 2016

Following the first full meeting of our incumbent Board, this is a brief update to ARATA members and friends from the President and Board, pending our new improved electronic communication strategy which will be in place before the end of the year.

Read on for an update on AATC and future conferences, our new Board members and ARATA’s strategic directions. Comments and suggestions from ARATA’s members and friends are welcomed by emailing

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NDIS AT Strategy
Nov 20, 2015

The NDIS Assistive Technology Strategy can be downloaded from the NDIS website or follow this link.

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Oct 30, 2015

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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.

Please visit the conference section of this website for

  • conference highlights
  • downloadable conference presentations
  • 'Where to from here for AT in Australia?' AATC delegate comments

Coming soon - Revised statements on Assistive Technology in Australia

All AATC delegates had the opportunity to read and review a Summary Statement on AT, made available in the conference satchels. Over 200 delegates contributed to an active Breakfast Forum to review and revise the content. This data is being analysed in order to produce some evidenced, policy-relevent and practice-based statements and directions for AT in Australia, to be used by ARATA and our partners and collaborators in our work towards fair and equitable AT provision for all Australians.



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”

ARATA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) hosted a seminar on Friday 11th December to discuss assistive technology provision for people with disability as a local and global priority. Held at  Nossal Institute, University of Melbourne and teleconferenced around Australia, this event brought together global, Australian and local perspective and started an important conversation regarding AT in Australia, and how to identify, provide and describe it.

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.

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.