Rebates / Funding

Raising a family can be expensive, particularly if your child requires therapy or has ongoing medical needs. TLC-WA is an accredited service provider under a number of public health initiatives, which means, depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for funding assistance to help cover the cost of our services. Being a registered provider also means our services have met the legal and quality compliance standards demanded by these government bodies. In addition, if you have private health insurance, you may be eligible to receive rebates relating to our services from your insurance provider.

The following is designed to provide an overview of various funding options that may be available to our clients. For further information, please contact us or speak with your GP or private health insurer.

NDIS (The National Disability Insurance Scheme)

The NDIS provides individualised support and additional funding for people with disabilities as well as to their families and carers. The scheme is currently in the process of being rolled out across WA, with all areas expected to be covered by 2020. The NDIS provides funding assistance relating to a variety of allied health services to those individuals and families who meet eligibility criteria. For more information, visit the NDIS website here.

Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)

HCWA provides up to $12,000 in total to help children up to the age of seven years who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please enquire with your Autism Advisor or your doctor if you are eligible to receive funding under the HCWA. For more information visit the Department of Social Services website here.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to for more information.

Better Start for Children with Disability

Better Start for Children with Disability provides funding for children under the age of six years, who have been diagnosed with a range of disabilities, including those listed below. Contact your specialist or visit the Department of Social Services website here to find out whether your family qualifies for funding of our services under this initiative.

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Deaf blindness
  • Down Syndrome, including Mosaic Down Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome with full mutation
  • Hearing impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Kabuki Syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis Syndrome
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Go to for more information.

Medicare Better Access Initiative

The Medicare Better Access Initiative aims at improving outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Medicare rebates are available to clients for selected mental health services provided by General Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Psychologists (clinical and registered), eligible Social Workers and Occupational Therapists. It is also aimed at helping children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety and behavioural and social difficulties. Talk to your GP or visit to determine whether you are eligible to apply for funding under the Better Access Initiative.

Chronic Disease Management Plan

Families dealing with chronic medical conditions may be eligible for rebates to help cover the cost of allied health services such as Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Dietetics. A chronic medical condition refers to conditions that have been present for more than six months, including many forms of communication difficulty. Discuss your eligibility for a Chronic Disease Management Plan with your therapist who will advise how this can be organised through your GP. Your GP will be responsible for confirming your eligibility. Alternatively, visit for more information.

Private Health Insurance

TLC-WA is registered with most major private health funds. Depending on your level of cover, you may be eligible to claim a percentage of the cost of our assessment and/or therapy services through your private health provider. Please check with your insurer to determine if you are eligible for any rebates.


UPDATE EFFECTIVE 1 November 2020

TLC-WA took the difficult decision to close all face to face appointments for our clients from Tuesday 24th March 2020. This decision was made in order to protect the health of our therapists, our clients and the wider community. Given the fantastic work done by the WA community, we are pleased that TLC WA has been very successful with the ongoing provision of face to face appointments since 11 May 2020. Our team continues to ensure all equipment, toys, etc are sanitised regularly throughout the day and we have hand sanitiser available to everyone who enters the clinic.

The NDIA has extended the use of funds for Telehealth appointments. Please follow the link for further information for participants

Medicare and private health fund rebates for Telehealth appointments have also been extended beyond the original deadline of 30 September 2020. These are temporary items only, so we will let you know when this service is no longer be available.

Please note that whilst all precautions remain in place regarding infection control and to minimise the risk of community transmission, we ask that you do not attend the clinic if you, or any of your close contacts, have ANY signs of illness.

Please be reassured that we will continue to support and provide services for all our clients during these difficult and challenging times. If you have any questions please either email or call us on (08) 9301 1154. We will respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.

Keep your distance, stay safe, stay well and we will all get through this together.

With best wishes,
Diana Chivers