Dietitians and weight management

We can pay for this treatment immediately after your accident. You don't need initial TAC approval, but you will need a referral from your doctor.

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 treatment from a dietitian

  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. Go to your doctor for a referral to see a dietitian.
  3. Choose a dietitian. Your doctor can recommend one in your local area or you can search for a dietitian online.
  4. Call and make an appointment. Tell them you are a TAC client, you have a referral and who the referral is from.
  5. 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
  6. Go to your appointment and give the dietitian your TAC claim number.

If you have a weight or appetite issue caused by your transport accident we can pay for you to see a dietitian.

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 ‘Reimbursement form’ button under 'Upload documents' 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 a dietitian do?

Dietitians help with maintaining a healthy body weight and planning nutritional diets and menus.

Dietitian fees

Effective 1 July 2019

In response to Covid-19, the TAC has introduced temporary funding of telehealth services to ensure clients can continue to access essential treatments and services. The TAC telehealth items and fees for dietitian services are available on our Telehealth fees page.

Dietitian services can be invoiced online via LanternPay for next business day payments.

For face to face Dietitian services provided on or after 1 July 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment
Rate
Individual treatment
Initial Consultation D600 $60.64
Standard Consultation D602 $48.52
Long Consultation D604 $72.51
Prolonged Consultation D606 $96.90
Travel (with prior approval)
Travel D630 $96.90
Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been approved.
All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Reports
Report D640* $106.59
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
Travel D641* $106.59
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes
For Dietitian services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment
Rate
Individual treatment
Initial Consultation D600 $59.42
Standard Consultation D602 $47.54
Long Consultation D604 $71.06
Prolonged Consultation D606 $94.96
Travel (with prior approval)
Travel D630 $94.96
Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been approved.
All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Reports
Report D640* $104.45
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
Travel D641* $104.45
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes
For Dietitian services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2020
Not Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number

2019/20
Maximum
Payment
Rate

2018/19 
Maximum Payment

Rate
Reports
ReportDGF640 $96.90 $94.96
When submitting an account for payment, details of the time taken to complete the report must be recorded on the account.
TravelDGF641 $96.90 $94.96
Travel claimed in relation to providing a report for management-type services such as reviews undertaken at the TAC's specific request. Travel time can be claimed only for travel to and from the practitioner's practice address and the TAC client's residence. Where more than one client is visited in a single travel period, total travel costs should be apportioned equally between those clients to whom services have been provided.  
Standard Consultation   - up to 30 minutes
Long Consultation         - >30 minutes < 45 minutes
Prolonged Consultation - >45 minutes <60 minutes

Fees for dietitian services performed within a public hospital will be based on the
Department of Human Services schedule of fees and charges for acute health services in Victoria.
Refer to www.health.vic.gov.au/feesman.

Coronavirus update

The TAC is unable to send or receive hard copy documents at this time. We have some different options for you to send us forms, documents or receipts for reimbursement.

Reimbursements

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to ask for reimbursements. Go to upload documents > reimbursement form and send us a photo of your receipt or proof of payment and a description of what you've paid for.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your receipts, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

Forms and documents

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to send forms or documents. Go to upload documents > submit documents and send us a photo of your form or document.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your forms or documents, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

General reimbursement form

Summary:

You can use this form to claim general reimbursements from the TAC.

Coronavirus update

The TAC is unable to send or receive hard copy documents at this time. We have some different options for you to send us forms, documents or receipts for reimbursement.

Reimbursements

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to ask for reimbursements. Go to upload documents > reimbursement form and send us a photo of your receipt or proof of payment and a description of what you've paid for.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your receipts, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

Forms and documents

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to send forms or documents. Go to upload documents > submit documents and send us a photo of your form or document.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your forms or documents, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

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.

Coronavirus update

The TAC is unable to send or receive hard copy documents at this time. We have some different options for you to send us forms, documents or receipts for reimbursement.

Reimbursements

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to ask for reimbursements. Go to upload documents > reimbursement form and send us a photo of your receipt or proof of payment and a description of what you've paid for.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your receipts, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

Forms and documents

  • myTAC
    Please use our app or web portal, myTAC to send forms or documents. Go to upload documents > submit documents and send us a photo of your form or document.
  • Email
    If you can't use myTAC to send your forms or documents, please take a photo and email it to us at info@tac.vic.gov.au. Include your claim number in the subject line of your email so we can process your request.

Dietitians and weight management

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. To help with significant weight or appetite issues caused by your transport accident, we will pay for dietitian consultations and weight management treatments provided in Australia.

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 dietitian services and weight management

If your doctor recommends that you need to see a dietitian after your transport accident the TAC can approve this treatment.

We will pay for you to visit your doctor or other health professional so you can discuss your needs with them. If you have had a significant weight gain, weight loss or an appetite issue caused by your transport accident and it can’t be fixed by normal exercise or diet, they can refer you to a dietitian.

Where appropriate we will work with your treating team to help coordinate the dietetics and other support you need.

We may contact your dietitian to discuss your progress or request an assessment to make sure that:

  • You have access to the most appropriate treatment and support.
  • You are getting proven, evidence-based treatment and not getting treatment that isn't helping you recover.
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track or being able to live independently.

Treatments and services we can't pay for

We cannot pay for services that:

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

We can only pay for dietitian consultations and weight management services if you have had a significant weight gain, weight loss or an appetite issue caused by your transport accident and it can’t be helped by normal exercise or diet.

We cannot pay for commercial weight management programs or food and meal replacement services such as Weight Watchers, Light N’Easy, Jenny Craig or Optifast.

What do dietitians do?

Dietitians provide a range of evidence-based nutrition services and dietary counselling. They can help you maintain a healthy weight and plan nutritional diets and menus.

For more information please see the following resources:

How treatments and services are paid for

We pay for your treatment:

  • Directly to your dietitian, 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 will you pay for my treatment?

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 providers

If you are a dietitian or provider of weight loss services, please refer to our TAC provider guidelines.