About OTARC

Professor John Dewar, Professor Cheryl Dissanayake, Olga Tennison, and Alan Watkinson (left to right, 2013)

The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) is Australia's first centre dedicated to autism research.

OTARC was established with the incredible generosity of the late Mrs Olga Tennison AO. A tribute to Mrs Tennison was delivered by NSW Senator Hollie Hughes in Federal Parliament in 2020. Here is an excerpt from the Senator’s speech.

OTARC is situated within the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. We work with autistic people and their families to produce high quality, relevant research to:

  • facilitate positive developmental outcomes in the lives of autistic people, from infancy through to early childhood and beyond,
  • enable autistic people to realise their full potential throughout their life course, and
  • support families as their young autistic children grow and develop.

We have a strong focus on research translation through the development of evidence-based tools and collaborate with other autism research centres and institutes both in Australia and internationally.

Working with OTARC

Available positions are usually advertised via La Trobe jobs.

Some entry-level research assistant positions have been filled from our volunteers.