About Us

The Australian Natural Therapists Association Ltd (ANTA) is the largest national democratic association of natural therapy practitioners in Australia. For over 60 years, we have been representing the multi-disciplinary interests of thousands of accredited practitioners across the country, as well as natural therapy students.


Our standards

ANTA upholds the highest possible standards for the practice of traditional, complementary, and natural therapies. We are committed to a policy of consultation with professional associations as well as all government and regulatory bodies associated with these professions. We also:

  • Are governed by a Constitution and Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Act as advocates for practitioners of all disciplines accredited by the association.
  • Promote the health and safety of consumers of traditional medicine and natural therapy health services.
  • Set state and national standards through industry reference groups.
  • Conduct online polling with our members and the public on professional and health issues.
  • Abide by a democratic voting system for the election of our Directors.
  • Insist on compulsory up-to-date first aid qualifications and Working with Children or Police Check which allows ANTA members to receive extensive recognition by Health Funds and WorkCover authorities.
  • Insist our members hold current and relevant professional indemnity insurance.
  • Support the statutory registration of natural therapists.
  • Consult the latest scientific, evidence-based and peer-reviewed information.
  • Conduct yearly reviews of courses via the ANTA Accreditation Board (ANTAB) and the ANTA Academic Committee (ANTAC).
  • Undertake ongoing internal audits of our policies and processes.
  • Conduct external audits to ensure members comply with the principles of “best practice”.
  • Undertake annual audits of our Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Provide funding grants for research into traditional medicine and natural therapies.
  • Host annual ANTA Student Bursary Awards to encourage excellence in the study of traditional medicine and natural therapies.

Our affiliations

ANTA was recognised by the Australian Taxation Office in November 2002 under a private ruling as “a professional association that has uniform national registration requirements for practitioners of traditional, complementary medicine and natural therapies”. This allows ANTA practitioners of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathy and Western herbal medicine to practice GST-free.

The Australian Taxation Office Private Ruling Authorisation also states that “ANTA is a professional association that has uniform national registration requirements for practitioners of traditional medicine and natural therapies. Consequently, practitioners who are members of ANTA will be considered to be recognised professionals”.

Our memberships

To be eligible for accreditation and membership with ANTA, graduates are required to undertake a rigorous course assessment and recognition program. Practitioners who belong to ANTA have achieved high educational and professional standards, consistently improve their skills and knowledge, and abide by a strict Code of Practice.

Membership is valuable because it recognises practitioners as qualified and legitimate within the healthcare industry, and 7 of the recognised modalities are eligible for registration with over 50 Australian health funds. Membership also significantly reduces professional indemnity insurance premiums.

Other benefits of membership include the provision of:

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) seminars and national conferences.
  • Communication via our members’ page.
  • Regular newsletters and ANTA eNews.
  • Provision of a half-yearly ANTA journal, The Natural Therapist.
  • A 1800 freecall number for practitioners to enable communication with administration staff.
  • Practitioner referral services included via the ANTA website and national freecall number.
  • A practitioner search function on our website which identifies appropriately qualified practitioners by location.
  • Access to research databases and a host of scientific resources.
  • Therapeutic Goods Advertising (TGA) certificate of exemption.
  • A membership and accreditation certificate.
  • An Australian National Register of Accredited Natural Therapists (ANRANT) certificate.
  • ANTA stationery including a pen, official receipt book and back issues of The Natural Therapist.
  • Brochure templates for all modalities that can be customised to a practitioner’s business.
  • Print and digital advertising services to increase exposure and prospects.
  • Free student membership.