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Psychologists, social workers and counsellors

SIRA approved psychologists, social workers and counsellors are trained to treat workers so they can achieve a safe and durable recovery at work.

If you’re a psychologist, to provide services in the NSW workers compensation system you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), under the Health Practitioner National Law (NSW) No 86a.

If you’re a counsellor, to provide services in the NSW workers compensation system you must:

If you're a social worker, to provide services in the NSW Wworkers compensation system you must be a mental health social workers accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers

We also strongly recommend you view our 15 minute webinar on  delivering services in the NSW workers compensation system

Note: Clinical Neuropsychologists assessing workers in the NSW workers compensation system do not require SIRA approval.

Allied health recovery request (AHRR)

The AHRR has been introduced and replaces the previous management plans.

All SIRA approved practitioners must submit an allied health recovery request (AHRR) when seeking pre-approval for treatment services.

More information on the form and how to fill it out, is available on our allied health recovery request page.

Fees and invoicing

Psychological, social work and counselling services are paid in accordance with the fees set out in the psychology and counselling fees order No2.

All invoices for treatment services must be consistent with the fees order and the invoicing requirements.

Psychologists, social workers and counsellors are not entitled to recover any amount in respect of treatment that exceeds the maximum fees set out in the fees orders.

Further requirements for approved psychologists, social workers and counsellors.

Where required, you must participate in a review by an independent consultant as outlined in the SIRA workers compensation regulation guideline for approval of treating allied health practitioners No2.

All allied health practitioners should review these guidelines to ensure they are fully aware of their obligations as an approved practitioner.