Headstart Consultation Fees/Payment Information (2016)

Psychology Consultation / Report Fee (on site/phone/skype)
Clinical Psychologist - per 1 hour* $210
Registered Psychologist - per 1 hour* $170
* initial consultations require 1.5 hours and fees will be adjusted accordingly 
Speech Pathology Consultation (on site/phone/skype)
Speech Pathologist (assessment and intervention) - per ½ hour ** $85
Comprehensive assessment report $170
** Consults vary from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours 
Occupational Therapy Consultation
Occupational Therapy (assessment and intervention) - per 1 hour  $170
Comprehensive assessment report $170
Psychologist and Speech Pathologist 
Dual Diagnostic Assessment + Report (2.5 - 3 hours) $1200
Single Diagnostic Assessment + Report (2.5 - 3 hours)
Clinical Psychologist $700
Registered Psychologist $650
Speech Pathologist $650
Psycho-educational Assessment
General IQ and Adaptive Functioning/Achievement $850
School/Home Visit
Clinical Psychologist (per hour) $260
Registered Psychologist (per hour) $240
Speech Pathology (per hour) $240
Occupational Therapy (per hour) $240
Travel Time (based on hourly rate, per 15 mins) $32.50
Court Related Reports
By negotiation. (APS rates will apply)  
Non-attendance/Cancellation Fee 
less than 24 hours notice, 50% of your consult fee will be charged  

Payment is expected in full at the time of consultation.We accept Cash,Cheque, EFTPOS, MasterCard, Money Order + Visa.Please Note:

  • Reports will not be released until payment is received.
  • All fees at Headstart are set lower than the Australian Psychological Society's recommended rate of $222 per hour.
  • Medicare and Private Health Insurance rebates do not currently apply for Psycho-Educational assessments.


Medicare rebates may apply with an appropriate referral from a GP. Please book a long consultation with a GP prior to the initial appointment. The GP will establish whether you (or your child) qualify for a Mental Health Care Plan (Psychologist only) or Enhanced Primary Care Plan (Psychologist and/or Speech Pathologist) under the Government's Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme. It is up to the GP's discretion whether these are appropiate for each client.  Please note some clients may not be eligible for certain referrals.  Referrals from Paediatricians and Psychiatrists for children under 13 can also attract a Medicare rebate.

Medicare Rebates

Mental Health Care Plan 
Clinical Psychologist consultation (on site) $124.50
Registered Psychologist consultation (on site)





Enhanced Primary Care 
Speech Pathologist consultation (on site) $52.95
Occupational Therapist consultation (on site) $52.95

More information can be found on the Medicare Australia website www.medicareaustralia.gov.au


A majority of Private Health Insurers provide a rebate for Psychological / Speech Pathology / Occupational Therapy Services. It is the responsibility of the individual clients/carers/parents to contact the individual Private Health Provider to determine their rebates.

Please note you are unable to claim a rebate from both Medicare AND Private Health, and can only choose one rebate pathway


See information about NDIS at http://www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au

Psychologist $175.57 per hour (fee is inclusive of processing charge)

Speech Pathologist $175.57 per hour (fee is inclusive of processing charge)

Occupational Therapy $175.57 per hour (fee is inclusive of processing charge)

For clients who are self-managing their child's funding, the standard consult rate will be charged.