Occupational therapy

Occupational therapist with a participant

Occupational therapists interested in delivering services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are in high demand.

NDIS funded supports for occupational therapy
Under the NDIS, occupational therapists with appropriate skills and training can provide a range of services, which may include:

  • Assessments and therapy programs to help people become more independent with self-care at home and independently accessing the community.
  • Assessments and recommendations for assistive technology such as environmental controls, wheelchairs and writing splints.
  • Collaborative development of positive behaviour support plans.
  • Advice and prescriptions for home modifications to improve independence.
  • Assessment and training in driving with adaptive aids if required.
  • Delivery of Support Coordination for people with complex needs.


Opportunities for occupational therapists in the NDIS
Occupational therapists delivering supports under the NDIS have flexibility in choosing how they want to operate. They can deliver services in a clinic, home-based environment or in the community. The location and mode of service delivery will depend on a range of factors including the participant’s needs and goals, and the availability of appropriate resources and supports.

Organisations who register as an NDIS provider will be able to deliver services to NDIS participants regardless of how their plan is managed. Information for providers about registering under the NDIS can be found on the NDIS website.


Support resources
Visit the NDIS Demand Map to see projected demand for NDIS services in your area.

Connect with a Boosting the Local Care Workforce Regional Coordinator to receive localised support and help in identifying opportunities in your area.

For more information on assessing for home modifications under the NDIS see Guidance for Home Modifications Assessors or the Frequently Asked Questions about Home Modifications.

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) provides resources, supports and development opportunities for occupational therapists working in rural and remote areas.

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) provides more information and links to resources related to the allied health field.