Independent Medical Examiners

Independent medical examiners (IMEs) are health professionals approved by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to conduct independent medical examinations.  The findings of these examinations are outlined in a report that is used to make decisions about a TAC client’s claim.

Independent Medical Examiners play a critical role in ensuring the TAC provides the right treatment and benefits to injured Victorians.

The TAC is now accepting applications from suitably qualified practitioners to become Independent Medical Examiners (IMEs) and/or Independent Impairment Assessors (IIAs) in the following disciplines: Addiction Medicine, Urology, Gynecology, Neurosurgery, Paediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery (Victorian based).

For further information, please see Applying to become an IME below, or contact the Independent Examiner (IE) Coordinator on (03) 5225 7746 or via email at IME@tac.vic.gov.au.

Please submit your fully completed application to the IE Team at IME@tac.vic.gov.au.

Applying to become an IME

Policies that relate to you

Resources

Fees

How to invoice the TAC

When invoicing for services provided to a TAC client, it's important to include the below information. This will help ensure prompt and accurate payment.  

Invoicing information required

 Payee details

  • Group/company/agency
  • TAC payee number (this will be advised once the TAC has received your initial invoice for services.  This number will then be required for future invoicing)
  • Payee billing address
  • Payee practice/clinic address  - if different to your billing address

Client/Patient details

  • Family name and given name/s
  • Patient's TAC claim number for example 04/12345.  If this is unknown, please use your patients date of birth and date of the transport accident

Service details

  • Name of health professional /service provider
  • Date of service
  • Time of service if more than one service was provided on the same day
  • TAC item number and description - as per the TAC fee schedule
  • Duration of each service
  • Itemised fee for each service
  • Service location - if different to the practice/ clinic address
  • Total charge for invoiced items
  • Services which are subject to GST must be submitted on a GST compliant invoice

If you require multiple providers on the one invoice you must be clearly identify the service listed under each health professional/service provider.

You can also use this invoice template XLS, 0.03MB to assist you in preparing your invoices.

Submitting your invoice

Please send an original copy of your invoice to the below address.  Please note duplicate accounts, such as statements, photocopies or facsimiles will not be processed for payment. 

Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
GPO Box 2751
MELBOURNE   VIC   3001

Payment of invoices

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is our preferred method of payment. Please complete the EFT/ Direct Deposit Authority form to help ensure the prompt payment of invoices.

Additional information required for:

Common Law, VCAT, s.93 and recoveries.  Please refer to the TAC's letter of instruction for this information. 

If you have further invoicing or payment queries please contact us.

 

Forms and brochures

Refer to our useful range of forms and brochures when treating your clients.

 

Medical examinations for TAC clients Summary: 

This information sheet explains what to expect at TAC medical examinations that clients claiming support services are required to attend. You will also find details of what you need to bring and reimbursements (e.g. for travel or work absence related to your examination appointment) that you may be eligible to claim.


Professional reference template

 

The TAC accepts applications from the following registered health and medical professionals to become an IME:

  • medical practitioner
  • psychologist
  • dentist
  • occupational therapist
  • optometrist
  • physiotherapist
  • chiropractor
  • osteopath
  • podiatrist

The TAC has a formal recruitment process for new IME applications and applicants must meet the selection criteria outlined in the Selection Criteria for IMEs document.  The TAC will advertise a request for applications for IMEs based on need in a particular speciality, geographical location or area of expertise. Applications outside of these areas of needs may not be considered.  All applications are assessed by a selection panel against the selection criteria.

Joint Medical Examinations

Joint Medical Examinations are independent medical examinations requested jointly by the TAC and a client’s solicitor.  Please see the page Joint Medical Examination Process for details about this.

Personal safety and security

The TAC is currently reviewing its security guidelines. In the meantime, please review the guidelines developed by WorkSafe Victoria at their Independent Medical Examiners page.

Contacting the TAC

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the information above, or about Independent Medical Examinations in general, please contact:

IME Team
Health Branch - Supported Recovery
Email: ime@tac.vic.gov.au

Post:

IME Team
Transport Accident Commission
C/- Health Branch - Supported Recovery
60 Brougham Street, Geelong, 3220

Keeping your details up to date

Your details are important to us. Should they change, please contact ime@tac.vic.gov.au to update.