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AMTA is Australia’s Industry Peak Body for Music Therapy.

The Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA™) is Australia’s industry peak body for music therapy. AMTA started in 1975 and now has over 700 members. The AMTA™ represents Registered Music Therapists (RMTs), music therapy students and the community. 

Our mission is to enable, advance and advocate for excellence in music therapy. 

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The AMTA™ :
•    Supports the value and access of music therapy.
•    Manages registration of Registered Music Therapists (RMTs). 
•    Accredits university courses to ensure training and standards are high quality.
•    Holds a yearly national conference.
•    Manages professional development programs and events.
•    Publishes the peer reviewed Australian Journal of Music Therapy.
•    Provides a job list for employers and members.


What is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT)?

A Registered Music Therapist (RMT) is a music therapist who is registered with the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA). An RMT needs to complete an accredited university course in music therapy and maintain their skills through ongoing professional development and recency of practice activities as approved by the AMTA. 

Currently in Australia, music therapy is a masters-level course offered at The University of Melbourne and The Western Sydney University.  The course is two years full time.

To enter the course, students usually need to complete a Bachelor of Music. Other university degrees are accepted if the student’s musical ability is high enough.

Find out more about becoming a Registered Music Therapist here.


AMTA is a member of Allied Health Professions Australia and the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASHRP).


*As at June 2020