Individualised Funding

Individualised Funding is a way for people with a severe injury to manage the services they need due to their transport accident. It recognises a person's right to have control over their services and the need for services to be flexible.

If you are eligible for Individualised Funding, the TAC will set up a bank account for you and pay you a monthly amount of money. It will then be your responsibility to arrange the services you need and pay for them with this money.

If you decide to manage your own services, a TAC Individualised Funding Specialist will work with you to set up everything you need to use Individualised Funding. You may also be eligible for extra support to help you with the administration of your Individualised Funding account.

For more information, please see the Forms and Brochures or Policies tab. TAC client Michael talks about his experience using Individualised Funding in the video tab.

Policy

The TAC will consider entering into an individual funding agreement with a client who has a severe injury and would like to arrange the purchasable TAC funded services that they receive.

Transport Accident Act 1986 reference: s.61A and s.61C

Background

Individualised Funding has been developed by the TAC to promote client choice and control over the disability and allied health services provided to them for the management of their accident related needs. Individualised Funding gives clients the flexibility to arrange their own services in a way that best meets their needs and lifestyle, and empowers them to work directly with their service providers.

Eligible clients who would like to be considered for Individualised Funding are required to complete the Life Area Needs Self-Assessment so that the TAC can determine their suitability. To commence Individualised Funding clients need to enter into an Individual Funding Agreement with the TAC.

While Individualised Funding can provide clients with the opportunity to flexibly self-manage their own services, it comes with extra responsibilities. The TAC has employees with specialised Individualised Funding knowledge who are available to assist clients and their families with making the move to Individualised Funding.

Definitions

Individualised Funding – means clients receive their funding on a monthly basis and accept responsibility for sourcing and engaging providers, arranging services in a way that best meets their needs and lifestyle, and paying for the services they receive.

Individual Funding Agreement - is an agreement between a client and the TAC which enables the TAC to make payments to a client and for that client to use these payments to purchase TAC funded services.

Individualised Funding Allocation – refers to the amount ($) that is determined by the TAC to represent a reasonable estimate of the client's likely costs or expenditure each month in relation to purchasable services.

Life Area Needs Self-Assessment – is a form completed by the client that contains questions about their accident related support needs, including how much and how often they need support. It also contains questions for clients to identify their current abilities to undertake the tasks required to self-manage their Individualised Funding.

Purchasable Services – means any services which are approved services as that term is defined under section 61A of the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic).

Self-Management - refers to clients who are independently managing the responsibility for completing all Individualised Funding obligations according to the terms of the Individual Funding Agreement. Obligations including managing the funds allocated to them by the TAC to meet their needs, making self-determined decisions and self-efficacy in managing and paying for the services they receive.

Financial Intermediary – where the TAC deems reasonable and necessary, a Financial Intermediary Service may be approved for the purpose of providing support to pay invoices electronically from the clients IF bank account. Financial Intermediary Services are provided by a Financial Intermediary (FI). The FI may only act on the client and TAC's instructions and in accordance with the terms sheet for the provision of FI services. Refer to the Financial Intermediary services policy.

Guidelines

Who is eligible for Individualised Funding?

A client who is eligible for Individualised Funding:

  • has a severe injury as a result of a transport accident; and
  • has needs related to their accident injuries that can be predicted for up to 12 months; and
  • is willing and able to enter into an Individual Funding Agreement with the TAC.

A client who has a guardian or administrator, or a child who is under the age of seventeen years, is eligible for Individualised Funding provided they meet the eligibility criteria noted above.

How is the Individualised Funding Allocation determined?

The TAC will calculate an Individualised Funding Allocation that is tailored to the client's predictable needs. The Individualised Funding Allocation is determined by considering a client's historical use of services. If there is inadequate history (e.g. relatively recent accident) the TAC will take reasonable steps to develop a suitable Allocation. This may include the use of other comparative measures like responses from the client's Life Area Needs Self-Assessment, and consideration of the client's level and severity of injuries, and the duration of time since the injury.

The Individualised Funding Allocation is a fixed amount of funding that will be deposited to an Individualised Funding bank account established by the TAC. This will enable a client to manage their services to their Allocation. The TAC will provide clients with a decision letter to confirm their annual and monthly Allocation.

What is an Individual Funding Agreement?

The Individual Funding Agreement is an agreement between a client and the TAC which enables the TAC to make payments to a client and for that client to use these payments to purchase TAC funded services.

The IFA specifies:

  • what approved services the agreement covers
  • how and when payments under the agreement are to be made
  • information that must be reported to the TAC to enable the monitoring of the agreement
  • all obligations of the parties under the agreement
  • how the agreement may be amended, suspended or terminated
  • if the agreement is terminated, any obligations that apply to the parties under the agreement
  • that the agreement is covered by the law of Victoria
  • how overpayments and payments not applied in accordance with the agreement will recovered
  • how disputes will be resolved.

    Transport Accident Act 1986 reference: s.61B

Which services may be purchased under an IFA?

Eligible clients may use their Allocation to purchase any of the following services they are entitled to under the Act, and may choose more of one type of service and less of another depending on their needs. If a client needs a service that is on the list the service is to be paid from the client's Individualised Funding allocation.

List of Purchasable Services:

  • Acupuncture
  • Attendant care (including overseas attendant care)
  • Audiology
  • Child care - only if eligible under section 60(2)(c) of the Transport Accident Act 1986
  • Chiropractic
  • Community group programs
  • Continence equipment
  • Dietitian
  • Equipment purchase or hire that costs less than $1000 per item inclusive of delivery
  • Exercise physiology
  • Gym and swimming programs - when certified by a medical practitioner or registered physiotherapist for the purpose of treatment or rehabilitation of transport accident injuries.
  • Home services/ Domestic services (including gardening)
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthoptics
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Respite
  • Social work
  • Speech pathology
  • Specialist disability laundry services - reasonable costs when required for 'soiling' as caused by the transport accident injuries.

Which services may not be purchased under the IFA?

A client may not use their Allocation to purchase any of the following services:

  • services for a person other than the injured client (except for child care)
  • services that cannot be funded by the TAC
  • services for a condition that existed before a transport accident or that is not a direct  result of a transport accident
  • continence equipment when the client has a valid continence prescription form (refer to the Equipment policy)
  • maintenance for equipment when the client has preventative maintenance approved (refer to the Equipment policy)
  • TAC funded services that are infrequent, difficult to predict, high cost or cannot be substituted for another service, for example, home modifications or residential care services.

A client may still access these services however the TAC will continue to arrange them on the client's behalf.

Does entering into an IFA affect a client's income?

The TAC does not consider any payment made as part of a client's Individualised Funding to be income. If a client receiving TAC income benefits enters into an IFA this will have no impact on their TAC income payments.

Does entering into an IFA mean a client can choose any service provider?

The TAC requires clients on Individualised Funding to choose service providers who hold a certificate of business/incorporation registration and are appropriately qualified and experienced. This means service providers will be established as a business and hold the appropriate level of insurances and occupational health and safety certificates.

Health practitioners must hold the relevant professional registrations including registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) where applicable. Disability service providers (e.g. Attendant Care and Community Group Programs) should comply with the relevant state or federal disability service industry standards.

For more information on choosing the right service provider, refer to Find an Individualised Funding purchasable service.

What happens if a client's needs or circumstances change during Individualised Funding?

If a client feels that something significant has happened, such as a change in their health or circumstances that would make it difficult for them to complete all of their tasks under the IFA, the client must contact the TAC to discuss these changes.

If the TAC becomes aware that there is a significant change in a client's health or circumstances that would make it difficult for them to complete all of their tasks under the IFA, the TAC may:

  • offer additional TAC support (e.g. Individualised Funding Specialist)
  • initiate a review
  • maintain the current Individualised Funding Allocation
  • vary the Individualised Funding Allocation to reflect the changed circumstances
  • suspend or terminate payments of the Individualised Funding Allocation in accordance with the client's IFA

The TAC will discuss these options with the client and advise them in writing of the TAC's decision.

What happens if Individualised Funding is no longer required?

When payments are suspended or terminated in accordance with the client's Individual Funding Agreement, the TAC will resume managing all services to which a client is entitled. The client will be advised in writing of the contact details for their new claims employee.

See also Schedule 3 Individualised Funding – Approved Services.


View Individualised Funding - Information for people interested in being in charge of their own TAC funds

Individualised Funding - Information for people interested in being in charge of their own TAC funds

Summary:

Individualised Funding is a way for people with a severe injury to be in charge of the services they need because of their transport accident. It recognises a person's right to make decisions about their services, including changing their services if they want to.

View Individualised Funding - Information for providers

Individualised Funding - Information for providers

Summary:

Individualised Funding enables TAC clients to organise and pay for the services they need to achieve their goals and maximise their independence after an accident.

View A Guide to Individualised Funding

A Guide to Individualised Funding

Summary:

This booklet explains how Individualised Funding works and provides detailed information about setting up your bank account, budgeting your finances and paying for your services.

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Show video transcript

Individualised funding
is really very easy

and it's really straightforward.

It might seem a bit daunting
at the start

to know that you've been given
all this extra responsibility

and all this money
and you've got to look after it,

but once you get into it,
you won't look back.

With individualised funding,

I'm now able to choose
the services I want

and I don't really feel like
a little child anymore

sort of asking for permission
to do something.

It really gives me a, um...

..a sense of empowerment

and it just allows me
to live my life how I want.

When you initially, um,
make the step

to go to individualised funding,

it's a process of sitting down
on-on-one with somebody,

so it's not just an email
or a phone call.

They worked out what services
you're currently getting,

what you might need,
your expectations

and they put forward
their expectations.

You'll have a lot of support.

There's always a TAC coordinator
to contact.

The funds for
individualised funding

go into my account every month.

The internet banking site
that TAC have organised

is really very easy to use

and that allows me to keep track
of all my payments that I've made

and what I need to make also
as well.

The budgeting tool
for individualised funding

that TAC developed
is really helpful

in establishing what payments
I need to make

and when I need to make them,

and how I need to budget
for all those.

The debit card makes it really
easy for making payments.

It's easy for providers.

They get their funds straightaway,
so they're really happy as well.

And it really makes it easy
to choose new providers

because you don't need to
set up anything.

To keep track of the invoices
and receipts

I get with individualised funding,

I store them on my PC.

If they're paper-based,
I just scan them in,

which is really simple,

and then I use a cloud-based
service just to hold them,

so if I ever need to refer to them
or the TAC needs them,

at any time I can just
flick them an email

and they've got access
to them directly.

I think one piece of advice
that I'd give to people

considering going on
individualised funding

is to stand up for yourselves
with providers because...

Let them know that now
you're making all the decisions

and make sure you're happy with
the service

and that they know
that you can, you know...

If you're not providing
the service that you need,

you can go somewhere else.

And I think that puts
a bit of pressure on them

to give you the service you need.

Being independent
is really important

to getting your life back on track,
I believe,

and individualised funding
really, um...

..it really helps in that way

because it gives you that power
to make choices.

Now with attendant care, if I want
to go out on a Saturday night,

I don't need to ring the TAC
and say, "Can I go out?"

You know, "Can I have some
extra hours of funding?"

and then ring the agency.

I can just ring the agency directly

and say, "Look, I want to go out
on Saturday night.

"Can you supply me a carer
and just invoice me?"

And it just cuts out
all that red tape

and makes the process much easier.


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YouTube Version Show video transcript

The truth is that cars have evolved
a lot faster than we have.

Our bodies are just not equipped
to handle the forces

in common crash scenarios.

I'm Dr David Logan.

I'm a Senior Research Fellow

at the Monash University
Accident Research Centre.

My name's Christian Kenfield.

I'm a trauma surgeon here
at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

My name Patricia Piccinini
and I'm an artist.

On a nearly daily basis, I see the
effects of motor vehicle accidents,

both passengers, drivers,

and, of course, the pedestrians
that are involved in these accidents.

In the modern world we're subjecting
our bodies to much higher speeds

and the body just doesn't have
the physiology to absorb the energy

when things go wrong.

The dangers at even low speeds such
as 25, 30, 25km/h is quite great.

So if we were to try to design
the body, if we were able to do that,

in a way that would afford
more protection...

It's a difficult question. It's not
something that we think about often.

What excites me about this project is
its relevance to our community.

I get to collaborate
with really interesting people

and that's really energising.

I really feel as though it's possibly
to make a difference in road safety.

We really work hard on developing
evidence-based research.

In 50% of crashes,
the car doesn't have time to break.

PATRICIA: So what happens
to the body?

Does it go under or over?

For the higher cars,
like four-wheel drives,

instead of going over the top
of the bonnet,

if they're high enough,
they'll catch you

and they'll drag you underneath
instead.

The most significant part of the body
for injury is the head.

And so as the head stops, the brain
actually keeps moving forwards,

smashing against
the front part of the skull,

and then bouncing backwards

and getting an injury
on the back of the head as well.

And we just don't appreciate when
we're talking about it

the forces in a car accident,
but they're incredible.

The strongest man cannot hold himself
from going forwards in a car accident

because the forces are so great.

A crash is about managing energy,

so when we're moving along the road,
we have energy.

When we suddenly stop the car
because we're in a crash,

that energy has to be absorbed
by the car and by the driver.

It would be great
if we had more protection.

We want to stop over time.

What we need to be thinking
is airbag rather than armour.

It's sad that we need to think about
changing our body

just so that we can survive
a motor vehicle crash.

PATRICIA: For me,
this is a challenge to make it work,

that it's not just a museum piece.

It can be the vehicle
for a very important idea.


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Show video transcript

Individualised funding
is really very easy

and it's really straightforward.

It might seem a bit daunting
at the start

to know that you've been given
all this extra responsibility

and all this money
and you've got to look after it,

but once you get into it,
you won't look back.

With individualised funding,

I'm now able to choose
the services I want

and I don't really feel like
a little child anymore

sort of asking for permission
to do something.

It really gives me a, um...

..a sense of empowerment

and it just allows me
to live my life how I want.

When you initially, um,
make the step

to go to individualised funding,

it's a process of sitting down
on-on-one with somebody,

so it's not just an email
or a phone call.

They worked out what services
you're currently getting,

what you might need,
your expectations

and they put forward
their expectations.

You'll have a lot of support.

There's always a TAC coordinator
to contact.

The funds for
individualised funding

go into my account every month.

The internet banking site
that TAC have organised

is really very easy to use

and that allows me to keep track
of all my payments that I've made

and what I need to make also
as well.

The budgeting tool
for individualised funding

that TAC developed
is really helpful

in establishing what payments
I need to make

and when I need to make them,

and how I need to budget
for all those.

The debit card makes it really
easy for making payments.

It's easy for providers.

They get their funds straightaway,
so they're really happy as well.

And it really makes it easy
to choose new providers

because you don't need to
set up anything.

To keep track of the invoices
and receipts

I get with individualised funding,

I store them on my PC.

If they're paper-based,
I just scan them in,

which is really simple,

and then I use a cloud-based
service just to hold them,

so if I ever need to refer to them
or the TAC needs them,

at any time I can just
flick them an email

and they've got access
to them directly.

I think one piece of advice
that I'd give to people

considering going on
individualised funding

is to stand up for yourselves
with providers because...

Let them know that now
you're making all the decisions

and make sure you're happy with
the service

and that they know
that you can, you know...

If you're not providing
the service that you need,

you can go somewhere else.

And I think that puts
a bit of pressure on them

to give you the service you need.

Being independent
is really important

to getting your life back on track,
I believe,

and individualised funding
really, um...

..it really helps in that way

because it gives you that power
to make choices.

Now with attendant care, if I want
to go out on a Saturday night,

I don't need to ring the TAC
and say, "Can I go out?"

You know, "Can I have some
extra hours of funding?"

and then ring the agency.

I can just ring the agency directly

and say, "Look, I want to go out
on Saturday night.

"Can you supply me a carer
and just invoice me?"

And it just cuts out
all that red tape

and makes the process much easier.

Use the search tools below to find a provider and check if they are appropriately registered and qualified. You can also ask your provider to show you their certificates of qualification, registrations and accreditation.

Don't forget to consider these five points when choosing your provider.

  1. Professional registrations, accreditation/certification and qualifications*
  2. Innovation and value
  3. Experience
  4. Person-centred approaches
  5. Location, accessibility and flexibility

*When using IF, you must choose providers for purchasable services who hold a certificate of business/incorporation registration and are appropriately qualified and experienced. This means providers are established as a business and hold the appropriate level of insurances and occupational health and safety certificates. Health practitioners must hold the relevant professional registrations including registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) where applicable. Disability service providers (e.g. Attendant Care and Community Group Programs) should be accredited/certified with the relevant state or federal disability service industry standards.

A client on IF may use their funding allocation to purchase any of the services listed below.
Equipment that costs less than $1,000 per item (inclusive of delivery costs) applies to all service equipment purchases.

Attendant care

Attendant care services should be appropriate, promote your functional independence and be least restrictive to your needs.

You may need attendant care services to increase your independence with:

  • personal care such as activities of daily living
  • therapy support to enable the client's active participation in rehabilitation activities, such as a home exercise program
  • accessing the community to undertake activities such as personal banking and shopping. 

View the TAC Attendant Care policy and fee information.

Find an Attendant Care service provider:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture services should promote progress towards functional independence, participation and self-management. Services can only be provided by a person:

  • who is registered as a Chinese medicine practitioner in the Division of Acupuncturists under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, or
  • whose registration is endorsed under section 97 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as being qualified to practice as an acupuncturist (for example by the Chiropractic, Osteopathy or Physiotherapy Boards of Australia).

View the TAC acupuncture policy and fee information.

Find a provider: 

Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Practitioner  

Check that your service provider is appropriately registered:

Audiology

Audiological services can only be provided by an audiologist eligible for full membership of the Audiological Association of Australia and/or accredited by the Australian Hearing Service (AHA).

View the TAC Audiology policy and fee information

Find a service provider:

Child care

Child care services are only purchasable if eligible under section 60(2)(c) of the Transport Accident Act 1986 and can only be funded and purchased up to a maximum of five years after your transport accident. 

Child care services refer to duties and tasks that relate to the direct care of a child, such as feeding and bathing, which you performed prior to the transport accident. These services replace the care and supervision of a child when you have sustained injuries that prevent or limit the normal provision of these services.

You should ensure that your child care provider/s are:

  • compliant with the National Best Practice Standards, and
  • regulated by either Commonwealth or State governments (with the exception of in home care services which are regulated and monitored by local councils), and
  • holders of, or employ staff who are holders of, a current assessment notice pursuant to the Working With Children Act 2005 (Victoria).

View the TAC Childcare policy and fee information.

Find an appropriate child care service:

Australian Government My Child  

Chiropractic

You may purchase chiropractic services: 

  • that are clinically justified, safe and effective
  • that have a clear rehabilitative purpose and are not for non-transport accident injury rehabilitative purposes
  • that are likely to achieve or maintain a measurable functional improvement
  • that promote progress towards functional independence, participation and self-management.

View the TAC Chiropratic policy and fee information

Find a chiropractor:

To check if your provider is appropriately registered:

Community group programs

As a result of a transport accident, you may need support to access and participate in recreational and leisure activities in your community.

Community group programs should:

  • maintain and enhance peer support networks
  • facilitate sharing of support services
  • assist with independent access to the community
  • assess and review the support needed to enable you to participate in community based leisure or recreational activities
  • link you into mainstream or supported community-based leisure or recreational activities
  • ensure programs continue to appropriately address your needs and goals.

View the TAC community group program policy and fee information.

Find a service provider: 

Dietitian

Dietitian services can be provided by a dietitian who meets the accreditation requirements of Dietitians Associsation of Australia.

View the TAC dietitian policy and fee information.

Find a service provider: 

Equipment that costs less than $1000 per item, inclusive of delivery

Equipment can be used to assist with activities such as bathing, dressing, eating and drinking.

Equipment purchases should address one or more of the following aspects of your life following a transport accident injury:

  • mobility
  • function
  • independence
  • community involvement (through return to work, educational or leisure activities)
  • relief of pain or discomfort
  • communication
  • safe environment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please contact your IF Support Coordinator if you require items that exceed the $1000 limit.

View the TAC equipment policy and fee information.

Find a service provider

The four equipment providers below have contracted arrangements with the TAC and can offer you a TAC rate for certain equipment items. They may ask you for your TAC Claim number and don't forget to plan ahead to allow for delivery times.

Gym and swimming programs

A gym or swimming program is an exercise program that is developed and monitored by a health professional, such as a physiotherapist. It is for you to perform independently in a gym or pool to support your rehabilitation.

An appropriate gym and/or pool facility:

  • is a commercial gym and/or pool facility designed for public use or a gym and/or pool within the premises of a health professional
  • is located in a practical location, within a reasonable distance of your home or work
  • is designed and equipped for various modalities of exercise, sports and physical training
  • has suitable equipment to meet your needs as recommended by your health professional
  • has suitably qualified staff to ensure your safety.

View the TAC gym and swimming policy and fee information.

To find an appropriate gym and/or pool facility, check with your health professional, yellow pages, local council or private gym and swimming facility.  

Home services/Domestic services (including gardening)

Home services refer to the household tasks you normally perform for yourself or others in your family. If there are certain household tasks you can't do because of your transport accident injuries, you can pay for workers to do these tasks for you.

It is important that you continue doing the household tasks you are still able to perform and take on more as you build your independence.

View the TAC home services policy and fee information for accidents on or after 1 January 2005

View the TAC domestic services policy and fee information for accidents on or before 31 December 2004

Find a service provider: 

Nursing

Nursing refers to services, care and tasks carried out by a registered nurse at your home.

View the TAC nursing policy and fee information.

Find a nursing service provider: 

To check that your provider is appropriately registered:

Occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy services may include:

  • prescribing exercises to maximise your function
  • prescribing adaptive and/or alternative techniques to make it easier for you to perform activities. For example, breaking strenuous tasks into smaller more manageable tasks
  • identify and in some cases trial suitable equipment to maximise your independence
  • to advise what support services you may require, for example, attendant care.

View the TAC occupational therapy policy and fee information.

Find a service provider: 

To check that your provider is appropriately registered:

Orthoptics

Orthoptists are eye healthcare professionals who can provide treatment for your eyes after your transport accident.

Orthoptics services must be performed by an orthoptist eligible for membership with the Orthoptics Association of Australia.

View the TAC orthoptics policy and fee information.

Find a service provider:

Osteopathy

Osteopathy focuses on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your indepedence.

Osteopathy services must be performed by an osteopath registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia.

View the TAC osteopathy policy and fee information.

Find a service provider: 

To check that your provider is appropriately registered:

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy aims to improve your movement and function after your transport accident.

Physiotherapy services can be provided by a physiotherapist who is registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (other than as a student).

View the TAC physiotherapy policy and fee information.

Find a physiotherapy service provider: 

Check that your service provider is appropriately registered:

Podiatry

Podiatrists specialise in medical care of the foot, ankle and lower leg.

Podiatry services can be provided by a podiatrist who is registered registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (other than as a student).

View the TAC podiatry policy and fee information.

Find a provider: 

Check that your provider is appropriately registered:

Psychology

Psychologists are experts in human behaviour, the brain, memory, learning and human development. Psychology services focus on your mental health, to help you achieve your independence, work productively and contribute to community life.  

Psychology services can be provided by a psychologist who is registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practice (other than as a student).

View the TAC psychology policy and fee information.

Access mental health and persistent pain resources.

Find a provider: 

Check that your service provider is appropriately registered:

Respite

If a family member is providing you with substantial unpaid care, you may wish to use respite services. Respite services provide positive short/long-term breaks for you and your carer from your regular support routine.

View the TAC respite policy and fee information.

Find a provider: 

Social work

Social workers can work with you to address life challenges and enhance your independence. Social workers may undertake counselling, community engagement and development to address issues at both a personal and social level.

Social work services can be provided by a qualifed social worker who is eligible for full membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

View the TAC social work policy and fee information.

Find a provider: 

Speech pathology

Speech pathology services may be required if you have sustained communication or swallowing disorder(s) as a result of your transport accident.

Speech pathology services must be provided by a qualified speech pathologist.

View the TAC speech pathology policy and fee information.

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Specialist disability laundry service

Specialist laundry services may be required if you have major incontinence issues as a result of your transport accident.

You may wish to discuss these services with your IF Support Coordinator and continence nurse when putting your continence management plan and prescription in place.

View the TAC equipment policy summary table

To find an appropriate service provider check with your local linen or laundry service.

 

Disclaimer

The links to the following websites are provided by the TAC for clients self-managing their purchasable services. They should be viewed in conjunction with the TAC Individualised Funding policy.