Optometrist

As optometrists, you play an important role in helping our clients recover from their transport accident injuries.

We can pay the reasonable costs of optometric services, without prior approval, when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury.

Consultations, computerised perimetry, spectacles and contact lenses and replacement glasses are covered, with some restrictions.

As part of your patient’s treatment, you can also complete certificates of capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.  If your patient's accident was prior to 14th February 2018 they may need to meet the medical excess before you can invoice the TAC for treatment.

Click on the links below to see the full Optometrist guideline, to view the fee schedule and to find any documents and forms you may need.

Optometrist Guidelines

This guideline should be read in conjunction with the general provider guideline: What do I need to know about working with the TAC?

Who can provide optometric services?

You can provide services if:

  • You are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (e.g. AHPRA) to practice in the optometry profession (other than as a student).

What we can pay for

We can pay the reasonable costs of optometric services, without prior approval, when they are required as a result of a transport accident injury.

We can pay for:

  • Optometric consultations.
  • Computerised perimetry.
  • Spectacle glasses and contact lenses.
  • One pair of basic non-prescription standard sunglasses, when required as a direct result of the transport accident.
  • Replacement of prescription glasses that are damaged in a transport accident.
  • Provision of equipment under $1,000. Our approval is required for equipment above $1,000. Use the Equipment Prescription Form to submit written requests.

Other things to note

For accidents that occurred prior to 14th February 2018 a medical excess may apply. Visit the medical excess page to see if it applies to your patient.  If the medical excess applies you will need to invoice the client directly.

As part of your patient’s treatment, you can complete certificates of capacity to assess and certify your patient’s capacity for work.

How much we can pay

We can pay for services in line with our Optometry Services Fee Schedule.

What we cannot pay for

We cannot pay for:

  • Treatment or services provided by an optician. The cost of these services is included in the cost of the glasses.

Fee Schedules

Optometry Services

Effective 1 July 2017

Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2017/18 Maximum Payment Rate
Optometric Consultations
Comprehensive Initial Consultation10910$78.09
Referred Comprehensive Initial Consultation10905$78.09
Comprehensive initial consultation by another practitioner within 24 months of a previous comprehensive consultation.10907$39.09
Other comprehensive consultations10912$78.09
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration, where patient has new signs or symptoms, unrelated to earlier course of attention, requiring comprehensive reassessment within 24 months of initial consultation.10913$78.09
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration being the first in a course of attention where the patient has a progressive disorder (excluding presbyopia) requiring comprehensive reassessment within 24 months of initial consultation.10914$78.09
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration, being the first in a course of attention involving the examination of the eyes, with the instillation of a mydriatic, of a patient with diabetes mellitus requiring comprehensive reassessment.10915$78.09
Brief initial consultation10916$39.09
Subsequent consultation10918$39.09
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with myopia of 5.0 dioptres or greater (spherical equivalent) in 1 eye.10921$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with manifest hyperopia of 5.0 dioptres or greater (spherical equivalent) in 1 eye.10922$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with astigmatism of 3.0 manifest hyperopia of 3.0 dioptres or greater in 1 eye.10923$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with irregular astigmatism in either eye.10924$244.49
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with anisometropia of 3.0 dioptres or greater.10925$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with corrected visual acuity of 0.7 logMAR (6/30) or worse in both eyes.10926$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients for whom a wholly or segmentally opaque contact lens is prescribed for the alleviation of dazzle, distortion or diplopia caused by: pathological mydriasis; aniridia; coloboma of the iris; or pupillary malformation or distortion; or significant ocular deformity or corneal opacity.10927$244.49
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients by reason of physical deformity cannot wear glasses.10928$193.72
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients who have  medical or optical condition.10929$244.49
Professional attendance involving the prescription & fitting of contact lenses.10930$193.72
Domiciliary Visits10931$27.21
Domiciliary Visits10932$13.57
Domiciliary Visits10933$9.01
Computerised Perimetry10940$74.50
Computerised Perimetry10941$44.92
Low Vision Assessment10942$39.09
Children's Vision Assessment10943$39.09
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2016/17 Maximum Payment Rate
Optometric Consultations
Comprehensive Initial Consultation10910 $76.76
Referred Comprehensive Initial Consultation10905$76.76
Comprehensive initial consultation by another practitioner within 24 months of a previous comprehensive consultation.10907$38.43
Other comprehensive consultations10912$76.76
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration, where patient has new signs or symptoms, unrelated to earlier course of attention, requiring comprehensive reassessment within 24 months of initial consultation.10913$76.76
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration being the first in a course of attention where the patient has a progressive disorder (excluding presbyopia) requiring comprehensive reassessment within 24 months of initial consultation.10914$76.76 
Professional attendance of more than 15 minutes duration, being the first in a course of attention involving the examination of the eyes, with the instillation of a mydriatic, of a patient with diabetes mellitus requiring comprehensive reassessment.10915$76.76 
Brief initial consultation10916$38.43
Subsequent consultation10918$38.43
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with myopia of 5.0 dioptres or greater (spherical equivalent) in 1 eye.10921 $190.43
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with manifest hyperopia of 5.0 dioptres or greater (spherical equivalent) in 1 eye.10922$190.43
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with astigmatism of 3.0 manifest hyperopia of 3.0 dioptres or greater in 1 eye.10923$190.43
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with irregular astigmatism in either eye.10924$240.33
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with anisometropia of 3.0 dioptres or greater.10925$190.43 
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients with corrected visual acuity of 0.7 logMAR (6/30) or worse in both eyes.10926$190.43 
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients: patients for whom a wholly or segmentally opaque contact lens is prescribed for the alleviation of dazzle, distortion or diplopia caused by: pathological mydriasis; aniridia; coloboma of the iris; or pupillary malformation or distortion; or significant ocular deformity or corneal opacity.10927$240.33 
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients by reason of physical deformity cannot wear glasses.10928$190.43
Contact lenses for specified classes of patients who have  medical or optical condition.10929$240.33 
Professional attendance involving the prescription & fitting of contact lenses.10930$190.43 
Domiciliary Visits10931 $26.75
Domiciliary Visits10932 $13.34
Domiciliary Visits10933 $8.86
Computerised Perimetry10940 $73.24
Computerised Perimetry10941 $44.16
Low Vision Assessment10942$38.43
Children's Vision Assessment10943$38.43

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Working with the TAC

Below you will find information relevant to all providers about working with TAC clients, including:

  • How to register
  • Approvals process
  • Travel
  • Compliance requirements
  • Medical excess (for accidents before 14th February 2018)
  • Requests for further information
  • Subsequent, pre-existing and non-accident related injuries
  • Treatment by a family member
  • How to get paid
  • What we cannot pay for

Click on the General Provider guideline below to find out more.

Other guidelines that may be relevant for Optometrists include: