The Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is the leading music therapy organisation in Australia representing approximately 500 registered music therapists. The organisation advocates for the value and accessibility of music therapy and manages the accreditation of registered music therapists.
The Australian Music Therapy Association works to enable, advance and advocate for excellence in music therapy on behalf of its members and the broader community.
The AMTA is governed by a constitution and code of ethics, standards of practice and by-laws for grievance procedures, and provides professional support to members. The AMTA also provides information and education for health professionals, clients and the public, stages an annual conference, publishes an online peer reviewed journal, and provides a directory of registered music therapists and a job register for employers and members. The organisation also accredits university courses to ensure that music therapy training is based on the highest quality content and standards.
The AMTA advocates for the value and accessibility of music therapy. A key area of focus is increasing public awareness of music therapy and access to music therapy services for people in the community via government-funded programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care.
Music therapy is a self-regulated profession. Registration with the AMTA is granted with completion of a bachelor or masters degree from an accredited university. Music therapists are required to complete continuing professional development to maintain their registration with AMTA.
Music therapists must be registered by the AMTA to be eligible to provide services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme or Helping Children with Autism program.