NATA History


For over 70 years we have been the nation’s leading organisation in assessing and accrediting government and business organisations. 

Across a broad range of fields from mining and construction to health and pathology services – NATA accreditation services touch on nearly every facet of our daily lives. 

We are proudly the world’s first and most experienced laboratory accreditation body and provide a national testing service that spans all technical, industrial and geographical areas of the country. 

NATA is the authority on the assurance of technical standards in Australia, and a leading authority on the world accreditation stage. 


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Across the decades

  • 60s

    NATA issues its first promotional brochure “Testing in industry and commerce” to attract testing authorities and potential users of NATA endorsed reports. 

  • 70s

    We become established as Australia’s leader in testing laboratories involved in chemical and mechanical testing. In June of 1972, we have 893 accredited laboratories – 75 per cent of which are private sector.

  • 80s

    We roll out our branch offices to better service the needs of clients and the community. During this time, we also commence comprehensive training programs for our assessors, laboratory managers and quality practitioners. Our training courses are popular both domestically and internationally and have since expanded to meet demand.

  • 1988

    A coup for NATA with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth Government. This formally recognises NATA as Australia’s national provider of laboratory accreditation services. During this time, we also lead the way internationally introducing programs for medical imaging facilities and sleep disorders services.

  • 90s

    The international profile of NATA continues to grow strongly with the establishment of several Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA), encouraged by NATA’s active involvement with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the continuing use of NATA’s training courses by overseas organisations.

  • 00s

    In 2008, the Australian Government renews its MoU again recognising NATA as the national authority for the accreditation of laboratories conducting tests and measurements in all technical fields. In 2009, MoUs are signed with state governments including Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

  • 10s

    Following key strategic planning, the online Technical Assessors Development Program is launched to help assessors maintain their skills and technical knowledge.

  • Now

    More recently, the development of a new Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS) allows better use of IT in internal business processes and a considerable upgrade to IT capabilities across the organisation.

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Benefits of being a NATA accredited organisation

NATA accredits organisations to perform testing and inspection activities for their products and services. This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices. When you choose to become NATA accredited, you can be sure of a number of competitive advantages for your business.
NATA members receive a globally-recognised, peer-reviewed and government endorsed accreditation that provides a unique level of assurance to members, their clients and the community.
Our accreditation provides an independent benchmark for technical competence. Receiving NATA accreditation demonstrates to customers your organisation’s commitment to quality, safety and reliability of products and services.
NATA accreditation is both nationally and internationally recognised. This provides a competitive advantage when compared to non-accredited organisations and ensures you are market-ready to capitalise on trade opportunities.
NATA has been training individuals and teams both nationally and internationally for over 20 years and enjoys a global reputation for the quality of its courses and programs. Our active role in international accreditation education has seen us conduct training in over 20 countries.
NATA’s long standing and active involvement with international groups enables our members to gain international recognition for their accreditation and minimises the need for multiple assessments from different suppliers.
NATA provides innovative and timely business solutions that meet the needs of our members and fulfil the expectations of the community. We have the experience and resources to ensure your accreditation provides you and your organisation with unique advantages.