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TAC & Registration with SWEP

The TAC has partnered with the State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP) to manage the registration and credentialing of Occupational Therapists providing services for the TAC. Initially this was only used for OT's providing TAC services related to the assessment and provision of assistive technology.

From 17th August 2020, SWEP credentialing was extended to all other essential OT services for those OT's providing services to TAC clients. These services are reflected in a new SWEP category 'Capacity and Performance Evaluation' (CAPE), which includes OT treatment and treatment plans, as well as capacity based assessments and reviews.

What this means for you - Assistive Technology

This partnership will provide the opportunity for any SWEP registered and credentialed OT 's to provide services for the TAC now or in the future. TAC are only using SWEP for their registration and credentialing processes, all other components of providing an AT solution reside within the TAC system.
As part of this process, unless you advise us not to, SWEP will be sharing with the TAC information about your work location, contact details and credentialing levels to enable them to contact you and determine if you have the capacity to provide TAC services in your area.

What you need to do for Assistive Technology

For Occupational Therapists already registered with SWEP and who wish to provide services to TAC:
  • you need to opt in to share your details with TAC by logging into the portal, going to Manage Registration Details, scroll down the bottom and click on your organisation details link, click on the organisation you wish to share with TAC and on the right hand side scroll down to tick the box to agree to share you details with the listed agencies and update the options
For Occupational Therapists not registered with SWEP and who wish to provide services to TAC:

What this means for you - Capacity and Performance Evaluation (CAPE)

This will allow SWEP registered OTs to invoice the TAC for all elements of their service provision according to their assigned credentialing level.
OTs who were previously approved by the TAC as 'Framework OTs' will need to credential with SWEP in the new CAPE category and will be paid by TAC based on their new SWEP credentialing level. From 17th August 2020, the TAC are no longer operating the 'Framework Occupational Therapy' service model.
OT's providing TAC services are under no obligation to credential for CAPE and can continue to charge at the general TAC rate if they wish.

What you need to do for CAPE

For Occupational Therapists already registered with SWEP and who require credentialing for CAPE:
  • for Green credentials you can request for this category to be added to your profile by emailing swepimt@gh.org.au
  • for experienced OT's wishing to be recognised at Amber or Red for CAPE you need to apply for credentialing in this new category using the 'Initial assignment of Occupational Therapist level (experienced)' process, outlined in The Standard Occupational Therapists (CAPE)
For Occupational Therapists not registered with SWEP who require credentialing for CAPE:

How TAC will use your Assistive Technology & CAPE credentialing levels

TAC use our GEO Locator tool to find SWEP registered OTs with the relevant experience to meet their clients' needs.
Only OT's who have selected TAC as an agency that we can share information with in their registration profile will have their details visible in the locator tool.
If you wish to change your profile to either add or remove your interest in providing TAC services please login and change your registration profile.   A guide on how to manage this information within your registration profile can be found within the Portal Application Guide under the "Practitioner Organisation Details" section which begins on page 8.

More information

For information related to registration with SWEP please see our website. 
Information on Assistive Technology or CAPE and the various credentialing levels - green, amber and red - can be found at https://swep.bhs.org.au/the-standard.php Table 1 in The Standard for either Occupational Therapist or for Occupational Therapist - CAPE. 
The Standard details the requirements to be met for each level and the application types available.

If you have any questions related to TAC credentialing please do not hesitate to contact the SWEP IM&T team on 1300 747 937 (option 1 then option 5).
If you have any questions related to TAC and billing please contact the TAC Disability Stakeholder Engagement Team at disability_stakeholder_engagement@tac.vic.gov.au


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