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Speech pathology

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 speech therapist

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

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 ‘Upload documents’ button 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 speech pathologist do?

Speech pathologists (also known as speech therapists) help people with communication and swallowing problems. They can help with any speech, voice, using and understanding language, fluency, reading and writing problems after your transport accident.

Speech pathology fees

Effective 1 July 2019

For Speech pathology services provided on after 1 July 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment Rate
Individual Treatment
Completion and submission of Treatment Notification Plan (SPTNP) ST600 $53.44
Hourly Rate ST604 $96.90
Group Treatment
Group Consultation (per person, per hour) ST601 $58.19
Travel (with prior approval)
Travel ST630 $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 provided.
^All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Speech Pathology Management Review (SPMR)
Completion and submission of the SPMR form (only on request by TAC) ST640* $53.44
For Speech pathology services provided between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019
Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item NumberMaximum Payment Rate
Individual Treatment
Completion and submission of Treatment Notification Plan (SPTNP) ST600 $52.37
Hourly Rate ST604 $94.96
Group Treatment
Group Consultation (per person, per hour) ST601 $57.02
Travel (with prior approval)
Travel ST630 $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 provided.
^All travel is to be separately billed in blocks of 15 minutes.
Speech Pathology Management Review (SPMR)
Completion and submission of the SPMR form (only on request by TAC) ST640* $52.37
For Speech pathology services performed by a provider who is not registered for GST
Not Registered for GST
Service DescriptionTAC Item Number2019/20 Maxium Payment Rate2018/19 Maximum Payment Rate
Speech Pathology Management Review (SPMR)
Completion and submission of the SPMR form (only on request by TAC) ST640F $48.59$47.62

General reimbursement form

Summary:

This form can be used to claim general expenses. Itemised, original receipts must accompany the completed form.  Please note there are separate forms for claiming costs related to travel, accommodation, pharmacy, home services and medical excess.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipts. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


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.

There are two ways to get reimbursed:

  • Online
    The quickest and easiest way to get reimbursed is online. Simply log in to myTAC and send us a copy of your receipt. We will then transfer your reimbursement to your bank account.
    If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device
  • Post
    Please fill in the form below, attach your original receipts and post to Transport Accident Commission, Reply Paid 2751, Melbourne, Vic 3001

Are your bank details up to date?
The easiest way to keep your bank account details up to date is online. Simply log in to myTAC to update your details.

If you haven’t already, register for myTAC here or download the app to your mobile device to use myTAC.

If you prefer, you can also update your details by completing the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authority form for TAC clients or by calling us on 1300 654 329.


Speech pathology

We’re here to help you get your life back on track after your transport accident. To help you recover we will pay for speech therapy 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 speech pathology

The TAC will pay for you to visit your doctor or other health professional so you can discuss your needs with them. As part of that visit they can refer you to a speech pathologist. The TAC can then approve your speech pathology treatment.

When needed, we will work with your treating team to help them organise the speech pathology services and support you need.

We may contact your speech pathologist 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 receiving treatment that isn't helping you recover.
  • You are moving towards getting your life back on track or being able to live independently.

Treatment and services we can’t pay for

We can’t pay for services that:

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

What do speech therapists do?

Speech pathologists (otherwise known as speech therapists) help people with communication and swallowing problems. Speech pathologists can help with a range of difficulties you may have as a result of your transport accident injuries, including problems with speech, voice, using and understanding language, fluency, reading, writing, eating and drinking.

For more information please see the following resources:

How treatments and services are paid for

We pay for your treatments:

  • Directly to your speech therapist, 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 we will pay

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 provider of speech pathology services, please refer to our TAC provider guidelines.