Are donations to CATA tax Deductible?

Yes donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible

Is CATA not-for-profit? 
Yes. As well being a not-for-profit, 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.



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

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


Myth 2: Art Therapy is for artists

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


Myth 3: Art Therapy is just for kids or people who can’t communicate

Reality: Art Therapy is a useful therapeutic tool for any age because its 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: Art Therapists know what you are thinking by looking at your artwork

Reality: Art Therapists will bring up ideas to consider, rather than tell you what you think. An Art Therapist works together with you to derive meaning from symbols and images created. Art Therapy often combines visual and verbal techniques.


Myth 5: Anyone can call themselves an Art Therapist because it isn’t a real type of therapy

Reality: Art therapy programs are nationally accredited with professional associations and standards guide training and practice. Art Therapists have advanced training in psychotherapy counselling, art processes, and art therapeutic practice to assist people braving depression, relationship issues, anxiety, emotional distress, transitional issues, mental health challenges, grief and loss or end of life to name a few.  Art Therapy has been globally established as a profession for more than 50 years.