What do we do?

Quality ethical practice

The primary aim of the NZSTA is to support our members in providing quality speech-language services. 

The NZSTA self-regulates speech-language therapists by providing accountability, professional development, practice resources and guidelines.

Bicultural commitment

The NZSTA is committed to developing and promoting biculturalism and cultural diversity in its work.

In seeking to achieve its goals and objectives, the association actively seeks to encourage policies and practices which reflect Aotearoa New Zealand's cultural diversity and, in particular, the spirit and intent of the Tiriti o Waitangi.   

This commitment is reflected in the 2020 – 2025 strategic plan and the NZSTA Board charter.


We represent our members' professional needs and interests in the service of New Zealanders' communication and swallowing well-being through our advocacy role with the government and other agencies.

Awards and honours

The NZSTA's awards, grants and honours recognise distinguished contributions to speech-language therapy practice, education, science, and services to the public and colleagues.  

See both awards and grants and honours.


The NZSTA works with other organisations to support the delivery of quality speech-language therapy interventions, cultural competence and the development of the speech-language therapy workforce to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

The NZSTA is a member of Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ), a national forum for allied health professional associations, working together to promote the role allied health practitioners play in the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

The NZSTA is a signatory to the Mutual Recognition of Professional Association Credentials with five overseas national speech-language therapy associations. 

International colleagues

The NZSTA is connected with international speech and language therapy associations through its membership of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) and has memoranda of understanding with several overseas professional speech-language therapist associations. 

The NZSTA is also part of the steering advisory group for the International Communication Project.