Therapy ACT - Frequently Asked Questions
When is Therapy ACT closing?
Therapy ACT has been gradually reducing its services over 2016 as the non-government sector matures and is capable of delivering services previously provided by government.
The delivery of all Therapy ACT services at Swanson Plaza ended in late March 2016, when the remaining staff moved to the Holder Centre.
As of 17 June 2016, Therapy ACT ceased accepting referrals.
With waiting lists now cleared Therapy ACT is changing its focus from 1 July 2016 to that of supporting the remaining existing clients to finalise their therapeutic interventions and support other clients to find alternative therapy providers.
Why is Therapy ACT closing?
The ACT Government is committed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Increased choice and control for NDIS clients can best be achieved through the growth and expertise of non-government providers which requires the withdrawal of Government from service provision to foster the market. Therapy ACT is expected to cease late 2016. The holder centre will continue to support children and their families in a different way through the Child Development Service.
What happens after 2016?
The NDIS will continue to fund support packages to allow scheme participants to purchase therapy services from the non-government sector. The range of allied health service providers in the ACT is growing and will continue to do so.
For more information on the NDIS please go to http://www.ndis.gov.au/ or call 1800 800 110.
Who will assess whether children have special early intervention needs?
A new ACT Government Child Development Service commenced in January 2016 to support families who have concerns about their child’s development. It provides assessment and referral for children 0-6 years and children 7-8 years with complex needs who have not had a previous diagnosis. It will also provide Autism assessment for children aged to 12 years. This service will refer children to the NDIS where appropriate. Children eligible for the NDIS will then purchase therapy services from the non-government sector through their NDIS funding package.
For information on the Child Development Service and its Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology Drop-In Clinics go to:
What will happen to Therapy ACT staff?
Many staff have already joined non-government organisations or private practices and will continue to see clients, including clients who now receive funding from the NDIS. While some staff are planning to retire, others are pursuing alternative government positions, including positions in other Directorates, for example the Health Directorate or the Education Directorate, or with the Commonwealth Government, such as positions at the National Disability Insurance Agency.
Therapy ACT can be contacted at (02) 6205 1277 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.