Are donations to CATA tax Deductible?

Yes donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible

Is CATA not-for-profit? 
Yes we are.  CATA is a non-government organisation enlisted as a Public Benevolent Institution with the Australian Taxation Office.

Is CATA a registered Charity?

Yes, registration was granted by Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission in March 2013.

How does CATA fund its art programs? 
CATA relies on private and corporate funding, sponsorship from the private sector & annual fundraisers.

How long do art programs run for? 
Programs have no expiry date. Our philosophy is to work where we are needed.   We regularly evaluate outcomes throughout the program with a collaborative approach.

What do volunteers require?
All volunteers must be 18 years of age or over, have a current Working With Children's Check, current Police Check, signed documents for policies and procedures.  Please visit our 'Get Involved' page on this website to find out more.



Myth 1: Creative Art Therapy is like an art class, where you learn to make art

Reality: Creative Art Therapy uses art-making as a tool for reaching therapeutic goals. The focus of Creative Art Therapy is not to create beautiful products, but to use the creative process in facilitating healing, growth and self-awareness.


Myth 2: Creative Art Therapy is for artists

Reality: Creative Art Therapy does not require any artistic skill or experience. In CAT sessions, art making is used as a process to affect change and growth. People with little or no art experience often find Creative Art Therapy freeing and insightful.


Myth 3: Creative Art Therapy is just for kids 

Reality: Creative Art Therapy is a useful therapeutic tool for any age because it's a powerful way to engage kids, teens, adults, and seniors in an expressive and transformative process. It is the opportunity to be creative and problem solve without words. Art Therapists are skilled in adapting different therapeutic process to whatever age, needs, and abilities of the person engaging in Creative Art Therapy.


Myth 4: Anyone can call themselves an Art Therapist because it isn’t a real type of therapy

Reality: Creative Art Therapy is a recognised mental health profession.  It is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative modalities within a therapeutic context with a Qualified Creative Art Therapist.

A Qualified Art Therapist has completed a Masters degree and a minimum of 750 hours of supervised placement.  A CATA Art Therapist is professionally trained in psychotherapy, counselling, art processes and art therapeutic practice.