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.
Note: Independent Medical Examiner applications on hold
Due to the high volume of recent submissions there is currently a hold on applications to become an approved Independent Medical Examiner for the TAC.
Applying to become an IME
- Selection criteria for IMEs PDF, 0.03MB
- IME selection process PDF, 0.03MB (including application checklist)
- Application to become an Independent Medical Examiner - Specialist PDF, 0.06MB
- Application to become an Independent Medical Examiner – Allied Health PDF, 0.05MB
- Application to become an Independent Medical Examiner - Dentist PDF, 0.05MB
Policies that relate to you
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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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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
- occupational therapist
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:
Health Branch - Supported Recovery
Transport Accident Commission
C/- Health Branch - Supported Recovery
60 Brougham Street, Geelong, 3220
Keeping your details up to date
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