Play Therapy Practitioners Association


The Play Therapy Practitioners Association is the peak professional body for play therapists in Australia. The Association was founded in 2018 by a group of likeminded professionals committed to advocating for the training and provision of play therapy services across Australia.

Identifying contemporary and emerging processes for registration, PTPA was created to provide an opportunity for practitioners passionate about play therapy to access training and registration in order to practice in Australia. Additionally, the not-for-profit Association aims to promote the profession to the wider community in order to advocate for the evidence-based approach of play therapy to be used as the preferred method of intervention for children and young people.

Members of PTPA have completed suitable undergraduate qualifications and postgraduate studies in play therapy to practice in a variety of settings including private practice, Government and Non-Government settings.

PTPA is committed to delivering the following objectives for our members:

  • Membership with a professional Association that recognises and promotes the registration pathway of university qualifications and specialised training in play therapy Australia wide;
  • To work towards being able to provide regulation and governance through advocacy of the Play Therapy profession in Australia;
  • Access to cultural advisory and advocacy support available to all members of our Association;
  • Established expectations for conduct of all PTPA members professionally via our Code of Conduct;
  • Provide opportunities for continuous improvement related to the standard of practice of the profession through regular professional development opportunities; and
  • Advocacy for the play therapy profession at all levels of Government including local, State and Federal Government to recognise our members as valued members in their field.

PTPA remains committed to providing a connected network of practitioners who are appropriately trained and formally registered to support the establishment of a formal professional pathway to registration as a Play Therapist in Australia.