SIRA approved psychologists, social workers and counsellors are trained to treat workers so they can achieve a safe and durable recovery at work.
Psychologists, social workers and counsellors must be approved by us to deliver treatment services in the NSW workers compensation system. Our allied health practitioner approval page provides further information on obtaining SIRA approval.
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:
- be a full clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), or
- a level three or four member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
If you're a social worker, to provide services in the NSW workers compensation system you must be a mental health social worker accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
A workers compensation guide for allied health practitioners provides essential information regarding the delivery of services in the NSW workers compensation system. We also strongly recommend you view our 15 minute webinar on the Allied Health Practitioner Framework.
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.
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.