ATSA History

About ATSA

Assistive Technology Suppliers Australia - ATSA, (originally known as IRSA - Independent Rehabilitation Suppliers Association), represents assistive technology (AT) suppliers throughout Australia. We give the industry a strong and united voice and our members a business edge through access to the services, tools and connections only a peak body can deliver.

Founded in 2000 by specialist AT experts, ATSA is your industry’s conduit to government, allied health professionals and other stakeholders. We promote and support the vital role AT plays. Our work puts the spotlight onto an essential industry and advocates for the highest standards of professionalism in our sector. Today, we represent members in all facets of AT, including suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, AT retailers and individuals. We are here to support you with context, guidance and industry contacts, making business easier in a challenging environment.

ATSA has more than 150 business as members across all Australian states and territories. Our membership includes many small businesses along with multinationals and some not-for-profit AT providers. Our trademark event is the ATSA Independent Living Expo that runs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra and attracts thousands of attendees each year.

Since 2019 ATSA has been a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) with the objective to advance health, social and public welfare. We are also active members of National Disability Services and have a representative on the Australian Standards AT subcommittee. ATSA is also a member of the Australian Ethical Health Alliance, which aims to improve healthcare in Australia through the articulation and affirmation of ethical principles that promote the interests of patients and consumers, enhance access to safe and effective healthcare, encourage ethical collaboration in the healthcare sector and build public trust.

ATSA serves on many government and non-government AT advisory panels including: state and federal government policy reference groups, Road Vehicle Standards, Therapeutic Goods Administration – Devices Reference Group, a number of NDIA reference groups and NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Industry Reference Group.

Meet the ATSA Team

ATSA Board Members and ATSA Staff Members

Robyn SmartAbout ATSA