The AHTA’s vision is for wide recognition of Hand Therapy as an area of specialty practice.

The AHTA’s mission is to advance the hand therapy profession to improve outcomes for patients and the community.

The AHTA’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023 provides information on our goals and objectives.

AHTA is a not-for-profit incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld) and is currently governed by the the Incorporation Associations Act QLD and ASIC.  The AHTA operates under a Constitution (Own Rules) and By-Laws Version 25. 

Proposed New Constitution

Associations that are incorporated under the Queensland Act can only operate in other states and territories by registering with Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) as a registered Australian body and obtaining an Australian Registered Business Number (ARBN). 

The alternative and proposed option is to transfer its incorporation to a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).  AHTA is an association with members from and activities across Australia. It is, therefore, more appropriate for AHTA to be incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) as a company limited by guarantee.  

The Management Committee is therefore proposing that AHTA transfer its legal structure from being an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee. The new Constitution is written to comply with the requirements of a company limited by guarantee. 

Changing the Association's mode of incorporation from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee does not alter the Association's legal status or identity. It is still the same entity with the same assets and liabilities, and any existing contracts will continue unaffected.  

Consultation with Members

A Discussion Paper outlining the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) constitution review project, including the reasons for the review, the process and timeline and a summary of the proposed changes for the new Constitution was circulated to members for comment by 29 January 2021 and members had an opportunity to attend a meeting to raise questions. This stage, stage 1 of the consultation process, has concluded.

Stage 2 of the consultation provided members with a proposed (draft) AHTA Constitution. Stage 2 of the consultation process has concluded.

Stage 3, the final draft of the Constitution was endorsed by the Management Committee on 28 June 2021.

During Stage 4, AHTA members will be asked to vote on four special resolutions at the Annual General Meeting at 8.00 am (AWT) on Saturday 28 August 2021, to adopt the new Constitution.

Table 1: Consultation schedule for proposed Constitution

Stage 1: Discussion Paper available to members End November 2020 
Member forums/teleconferences if required Thursday 21 January 2021 
Deadline for feedback on Discussion Paper Friday 29 January 2021 
Draft Constitution available to Management CommitteeFeb 2021 
Stage 2: Draft Constitution available to members May 2021 
Member forums/teleconferences if required May 2021 
Deadline for submission of comments on the draft 23 May 2021 
Stage 3: Final draft endorsed by Management Committee 28 June 2021 
Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) – motion to pass special resolutions to adopt new Constitution Fri13 Aug 2021
Stage 4: Members vote on new Constitution – at the AGMSat 28 Aug 2021 at 8.00 am AWT

The ABN of the AHTA is: 72 874 453 636