Osteopathy

We can pay for this treatment immediately after your transport accident. You don't need to contact us for initial approval.

We may contact you or your provider to check your progress and see if you are getting the support you need. This will help us make sure your treatment is helping your recovery. It will allow us to make decisions about what treatment we can pay for and how long we can pay for it.

How to get osteopathy treatment

  1. If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment paid for by the TAC, call us to find out if we can pay for more treatment
  2. Choose an osteopath. Your doctor can recommend one in your local area or you can search for an osteopath therapist online.
  3. Call and make an appointment. Tell them you are a TAC client. Ask if they charge at TAC rates. If the provider charges more, they may ask you for a 'gap payment' to make up the difference
  4. Go to your appointment and give the provider your TAC claim number.

Your osteopath must be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practice in the osteopathy profession.

How to pay for treatment

In most cases, we will pay your provider. If you have to pay, scan or take a photo of your receipt. Send it to us with the ‘Upload documents’ button on myTAC, or by email to info@tac.vic.gov.au and we will repay you.

We will pay for your treatment at the TAC rate. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference. This is known as a 'gap payment'. If you need to pay a gap, you may be able to recover some of the cost through Medicare or private health insurance.

What does an osteopath do?

An osteopath focuses on your whole body, including muscles, ligaments and tendons and the spine and nervous system. They use a variety of different hands on methods, including spinal manipulation, soft tissue massage techniques, gentle rhythmic joint movements, stretching muscles and more.

Massage therapy, or myotherapy

We can consider paying for massage therapy, or myotherapy when it's part of your treatment and performed by a registered:

We can't pay for massage when it's performed by a masseur or myotherapist.

Osteopathy fees

Effective 1 July 2019

For Osteopathy services provided on or after 1 July 2019
 Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment Rate
In Rooms
Initial Consultation: New patient, history & examinationO600$67.04
Standard ConsultationO602$53.93
Treatment Plan
Completion of Allied Health Treatment and Recovery Plan (AHTRP) QU0055*$58.51
For Osteopathy services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
 Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment Rate
In Rooms
Initial Consultation: New patient, history & examinationO600$65.69
Standard ConsultationO602$52.85
TAC Questionnaire
Pro forma QuestionnaireQU0055*$57.24
For Osteopathy services performed by a provider who is not registered for GST
 Not Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2019/20 Maximum Payment Rate2018/19 Maximum Payment Rate
In Rooms
Initial Consultation: New patient, history & examination   
Standard Consultation   
TAC Questionnaire
Pro forma QuestionnaireQUGF55$53.19$52.04

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General reimbursement form

Summary:

This form can be used to claim general expenses. Itemised, original receipts must accompany the completed form.  Please note there are separate forms for claiming costs related to travel, accommodation, pharmacy, home services and medical excess.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipts. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Travel expense declaration form

Summary:

This form is to be used when claiming reimbursement for travel (i.e. private vehicle, public transport and/or taxi) expenses to attend: medical treatment for accident injuries; medical examinations arranged by the TAC; approved rehabilitation or disability services; or work, if you are participating in a formal Return to Work program.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipt. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Allied Health and Physical Therapies

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. To help you recover from your transport accident injuries we will pay for these allied health physical therapies:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Chiropractic
  • Acupuncture
  • Podiatry
  • Exercise physiology

You can get this treatment immediately after your transport accident without initial approval from the TAC.

If it’s been more than 6 months since you had any treatment or service paid for by the TAC, you need to call us to find out if we can pay for this treatment.

When we can pay for allied health and physical therapies

We will pay for this treatment when it’s recommended by your doctor or other health professional.

We may contact your physical therapist to talk about your progress or ask for an assessment, to make sure that:

  • You have access to the appropriate treatment and support required for your transport accident injuries.
  • You are getting proven, evidence-based treatment and aren’t receiving treatment that isn’t helping you recover.
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track and being able to live independently.

Treatments and services we can’t pay for

We can’t pay for services that:

  • do not treat your transport accident injuries
  • are not reasonable, necessary or appropriate
  • are not clinically justified, safe and effective.

What do allied health physical therapists do?

Allied health physical therapists use their special skills and areas of expertise to diagnose and treat your transport accident injuries. They can also recommend equipment that may help you.

For more information on what each therapist does, see:

Other services you can access

Your allied health physical therapist will develop a treatment plan for you that could include:

  • Diagnostic tests to determine the best treatment for your injuries
  • A gym or swimming program
  • A referral for an exercise physiologist to oversee your gym or swimming program
  • Equipment you need such as braces and supports. See our Equipment Policy.

We will pay for these services when they are recommended by your physical therapist and part of your treatment plan.

When it's needed, we will also work with your treating team to help them coordinate the physical therapies you need.

How treatments and services are paid for

We pay for your treatment:

  • Directly to your physiotherapist, when you have given them your TAC claim number, or
  • If you have to pay, use myTAC to send a copy of your receipt to us and we will repay you.

We pay for your services in line with our responsibilities under the Transport Accident Act 1986.

How much we will pay

We will pay for your treatment and services according to our fee schedule. If your provider charges more than the TAC rate, you may need to pay the difference. For a list of TAC rates, see:

For accidents that happened before 14 February 2018, we can only pay for these services (with the exception of Exercise Physiology) once any required medical excess has been reached. Find out if the medical excess applies to you.

For providers

If you are a provider of physical therapies, please refer to our TAC Provider Guidelines.