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How much does my NDIS therapy cost and who can deliver it?

98.8% of NDIS Participants receive funding in their NDIS plan for therapies like Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychology, Physiotherapy and more.

This funding is found in the Improving Daily Living Skills category of funding - note this is separate from CORE funding (like funding for support workers).

When engaging NDIS Registered Therapy Providers for Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Psychology, Physiotherapy and more, you will need to know how much their hourly fee is so that you can work out how many hours of therapy are included in your NDIS plan.

You can do this by dividing the total amount of funding by the hourly rate of the therapy/therapies you want to use.

You can use this bucket of funding for ANY therapy.

How much is my NDIS therapy?

The latest NDIS price list, updated 1 July 2022, has brought some changes to the NDIS Rates for occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, and other NDIS-funded therapies. 

These support items can also be used for the assessment, planning, and delivery of therapy to assist them to undertake activities of daily living.

This means that this funding can be used for assessments or for ongoing therapy.

NDIS Therapy Rates for participants over 7 years

Occupational Therapy NDIS Rate

NDIS Occupational Therapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_661_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Occupational Therapist 

 

Speech Therapy NDIS Rate

NDIS Speech Therapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_665_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Speech Pathologist 

 

Psychologist NDIS Rate

NDIS Psychology providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC: $214.41
  • NT, TAS, WA, SA: $234.83
  • Remote: $328.76
  • Very Remote: $352.25

Line Item: 01_701_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Psychologist

 

Physiotherapist NDIS Rate

NDIS Physiotherapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC: $193.99
  • NT, TAS, WA, SA: $224.62
  • Remote: $328.76
  • Very Remote: $352.25

Line Item: 01_721_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Physiotherapist 

 

Other Professional Therapy NDIS Rate

Other NDIS therapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_741_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Other Professional

 

Dietitian NDIS Rate

NDIS Dietitian providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_760_0128_3_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Dietitian

 

Podiatrist NDIS Rate

NDIS Podiatry providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_663_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Podiatrist

 

Early Childhood Supports 

Psychologist NDIS Rate

NDIS ECEI (early childhood) Psychology providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC: $214.41
  • NT, TAS, WA, SA: $234.83
  • Remote: $$328.76
  • Very Remote: $352.25

Line Item: 01_701_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Psychologist

 

Physiotherapist NDIS Rate

NDIS ECEI (early childhood) Physiotherapist providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC: $193.99
  • NT, TAS, WA, SA: $224.62
  • Remote: $328.76
  • Very Remote: $352.25

Line Item: 01_721_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Physiotherapist 

 

Other Professional Therapy NDIS Rate

Other NDIS ECEI (early childhood) therapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 01_741_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training Supports - Other Professional

Who can deliver these therapies?

NDIS therapy support items can only be delivered by the following types of professionals, and by therapy assistants operating under the delegation and supervision of one of the following types of professionals:

  • Art Therapist – A person who is a Professional Member with the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA).
  • Audiologist – A person who is either currently certified as an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist by Audiology Australia or as a Full Member as an audiologist with the Australian College of Audiology.
  • Counsellor – A person who is either a member of the Australian Counselling Association or an accredited Registrant with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
  • Developmental Educator – A person who is a Full Member of Developmental Educators Australia Inc.
  • Dietitian – A person who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Australia.
  • Exercise Physiologist – A person who is an Accredited exercise physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia.
  • Music Therapist – A person who is an Active “Registered Music Therapist” with the Australian Music Therapy Association.
  • Occupational Therapist – A person who has a current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Registration as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Orthoptist ­– A person who has current registration with the Australian Orthoptic Board.
  • Physiotherapist ­– A person who has a current AHPRA Registration as a Physiotherapist.
  • Podiatrist – A person who has a current AHPRA Registration as a Podiatrist.
  • Psychologist ­­– A person who has a current AHPRA Registration as a Psychologist.
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor – A person who is member of the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors Inc. or equivalent.
  • Social Worker – A person who is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Speech Pathologist – A person who is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) as approved by Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Other Professional – A person who is not one of the types of professionals listed above but who the provider considers to be an appropriate professional to deliver therapeutic supports in line with the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission’s requirements for the Therapeutic Supports Registration Group.

What about alternative therapies like Music Therapy and Art Therapy?

In the latest price guide released 1 July 2022, explicit line items have been added for alternative therapies:

Art Therapist NDIS Rate

Art Therapy providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_610_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Art Therapist 

 

Music Therapist NDIS Rate

Music Therapists can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_615_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Music Therapist 

 

Plus other alternative therapies like:

Orthoptist NDIS Rate

Orthoptist providers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_618_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Orthoptist

 

Developmental Educator NDIS Rate

Developmental Educators can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_613_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Developmental Educator

 

Social Worker NDIS Rate

Social workers can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_621_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Social Worker

 

Audiologist NDIS Rate

Audiologists can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_611_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Audiologist 

 

Rehabilitation Counsellor  NDIS Rate

Rehabilitation Counsellors  can charge the following hourly rates:

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

Line Item: 15_620_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Rehabilitation Counsellor 

There are also matching line items for popular therapies in the SOCIAL and COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION funding

  • All States: $193.99
  • Remote: $271.59
  • Very Remote: $290.99

These are the additional line items:

  • 15_617_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Occupational Therapist 
  • 15_619_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Podiatrist 
  • 15_622_0128_1_3 Assessment Recommendation Therapy or Training - Speech Pathologist
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