Medical assessments and examinations

The TAC uses a range of assessments to conduct examinations to determine a client's possible entitlement or supports following a transport accident.

Independent Impairment Assessments

Independent Impairment Assessments (IIAs) are critical for the TAC to assess the clients who are likely to be entitled to a lump sum benefit resulting from permanent impairment following a transport accident.

Becoming an Independent Impairment Assessor
Impairment assessors complete specific training through accredited training providers approved by the Minister for the TAC. Further information is available on the AMA Victoria website or by emailing iat@amavic.com.au
After completing the impairment assessment training course, you can contact the TAC  to request to provide IIAs.

Independent Medical Examinations

Findings from Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) inform the TAC’s claim related decisions. These examinations ensure the TAC provides the right treatment and benefits to people injured in a transport accident.
The TAC accepts 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, or contact the Independent Examiner (IE) Coordinator on (03) 5225 7746 or email ime@tac.vic.gov.au.

Joint Medical Examination

The Joint Medical Examination (JME) process commenced as part of the legislative amendments to the Transport Accident Act 1986 in November 2013. It was introduced to improve client experience by reducing the number of medical examinations clients need to attend on behalf of the TAC and a client's legal practitioner.

As of 1 July 2014, the TAC was no longer liable to reimburse a solicitor for a medico-legal report obtained for a TAC matter under Section 60(2F), unless it is requested jointly by the TAC and the person who is injured. The TAC will continue to pay reasonable medical costs to medical examiners for conducting TAC only examinations.

Find out more about the JME process and Guidelines.