Money & Funding

Good knowledge of all the available financial entitlements can enable parents and professionals to make informed decisions about intervention and service options for a child, as well as reduce financial costs.
On Track Therapy Group is an NDIS Approved Provider.

Medicare

Chronic Disease Management Plan (previously known as Enhanced Primary Care Plans)

Your GP will prepare your child’s CDM Plan. Your GP can refer you to any psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists or physiotherapist require for your child. The referral entitles you to 5 consultations during the calendar year at a reduced rate. Medicare will pay the rebate into your nominated bank account once the fee has been settled. This rebate might increase if the Medicare Safety Net Threshold has been reached.

Better Access to Mental Health Plan

GPs and Paediatricians can prepare a MHCP plans to refer patient for psychological services or occupational therapy. These may be individual sessions and/or group services. Generally the plan includes referral for 6 sessions, and after follow up can be extended to an extra 4 visits during the calendar year, being a total of 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions. Medicare will pay the rebate into your nominated bank account once the fee has been settled. This rebate might increase if the Medicare Safety Net Threshold has been reached. Currently the government has provided an extra 10 sessions for individual therapy after a second review.

Helping Children with Autism Referrals

These referrals are made by Paediatricians specifically for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Medicare will pay the rebate into your nominated bank account once the fee has been settled. This rebate might increase if the Medicare Safety Net Threshold has been reached.

Medicare Safety Net

The Medicare Safety Net provides financial assistance for high out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) services. Once you meet a Medicare Safety Net threshold you may be eligible for additional Medicare benefits for out-of-hospital MBS services for the rest of the calendar year.

For individuals on the Autism Spectrum who hold a Health Care Card from Centrelink, their Medicare Safety Net Threshold is reduced compared to a standard family threshold. Find out more about Medicare Safety Net Threshold.

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) Package

The Helping Children with Autism package is a Federal Government program that includes:

Medicare rebates for up to four allied health diagnostic/assessment services for eligible children under the age of 13, the results of which contribute to the development of the treatment and management plan, and
Medicare rebates for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child under the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.

Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) Initiative

The Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative is a Federal Government program that includes:

Medicare rebates for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children up to the age of 13
Medicare rebates for up to four allied health diagnostic/assessment services for eligible children under the age of 13, the results of which contribute to the development of the treatment and management plan, and
Medicare rebates for up to 20 relevant allied health services in total for each eligible child under the age of 15 provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13.

Private Health Insurance

Our services may be claimed through Private Health Insurance. Due to differences with Health Insurance policies, we recommend that you contact your provider to check what therapies your fund will cover.

Centrelink

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is a fortnightly payment to assist carers looking after a child with developmental delays or disabilities. The application needs to be signed by a GP, paediatrician, psychologist or speech pathologist and is not assets or means tested. Carers receiving the Carer’s Allowance are also paid a yearly bonus. Contact Centrelink to register for these payments.

Health Care Card

People who are eligible for either a Carer Allowance or Carer Payment can apply for a Health Care Card, which entitles the individual with autism to cheaper PBS medicines, bulk billing and some other concessions. Many venues will offer free entry to carer’s accompanying Health Care Card holders. Some utility companies may offer discounts or rebates to holders of Health Care cards. More information available here.

Tax and Financial Planning

Medical Expenses Tax Rebate, Interpretative Decisions and Private Rulings

The Net Medical Expense Tax Rebate allows taxpayers to claim a 20% rebate on their out of pocket medical expenses over $2,000. Find out more on the ATO website.

The ATO website also provides information of previous interpretive decisions and private rulings which illustrate that therapeutic treatment of autism can be a deductible medical expense. Find our more information about what therapies can be claimed in your tax return.

Special Disability Trusts and Family Trusts

Trusts may be a way to distribute income and assets to provide for a relative with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Find out more about autism and trusts.

Disabled Parking Permits

To apply for a Disabled Parking Permit, you will need to obtain an application from your city council. Your GP will need to sign the application form. Most states and city councils acknowledge that individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible as they have a tendency to abscond (run away) or the inability to understand or obey road safety rules.

ECIS Flexible Support Package

Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) provide a variety of specialist supports to families with children with a disability or developmental delay from birth until school entry who require a range of additional services and supports not usually available through community services.

ECIS Flexible Support Packages are specifically designed to provide time-limited, individualised support to address a specific need(s) unable to be fully met by ECIS. Families with children eligible for ECIS may apply for an ECIS Flexible Support Package. On Track Therapy Group are able to assist families with this.

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