NDIS Approved

We are an approved NDIS Registered Provider. We can assist to securing art therapy funding through the NDIA.


CATA provides specialised art therapy sessions for all people dealing with adverse experiences and/or End Of Life.

As an accredited disability service provider under the NDIS, CATA has undergone a rigorous accreditation and compliance process with the National Standards for Disability Service (NSDS). As a result of this, all aspects of service delivery are compliant and standardised so that CATA is providing the highest level of disability support for all participants.

CATA comes out to you.  CATA provides individual Art Therapy sessions with qualified Art Therapists who uphold the values of a person-centred and holistic approach.  We create a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings in visual form without judgement or interpretation.  Creative Art Therapy is not about being a ‘great artist’, it’s about the process and the relief, relaxation and meaning it can bring.


Due to the unprecedented pandemic, we are now reaching participants remotely in the home.  Connecting via internet forums, we can now provide qualified Art Therapists at your finger tips for comprehensive art therapy sessions, pending on disability.

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If you would like information or guidance around the referral process, please contact us at

How can I use my NDIS funds for Creative Art Therapy?

When you attend your planning meeting with your designated NDIA planner you will need to discuss your individual goals. The planner will then work with you to identify supports and services that can assist you in meeting those goals.

CATA is categorised under Registration Group of Therapeutic Supports, of  Improved Daily Living Skills and Assistance with Daily Life.

An example of how a CATA program might be included in your individual plan could be similar to the following example goals:

  • Reconcile emotional conflict
  • Foster self-regulation
  • Develop and manage behaviours (addictions)
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase self-esteem and awareness
  • Build resilience
  • Facilitate post traumatic growth
  • Cope with disability and chronic illness
  • Process loss and grief
  • Improve mental and physical symptoms
  • Manage pain, anxiety, stress and depression

It is important to note that the NDIS is designed to give you, the participant, ‘choice and control’ over selecting services to meet your needs as outlined in your life goals. However, the NDIA also has the mandate to decide what supports for a participant are a ‘reasonable and necessary’ use of government funding.

  • Once funded by NDIS you will need to fill out the CATA service agreement so we have your NDIS details.  We can then update your account accordingly.

To create a quote:

Please refer to Quote / Service Booking and Service Agreement.  You will find the NDIS and CATA Fact Sheet may also be of assistance.  You may like to print the quote/service booking document and take it to show your NDIS planner.

The NDIS price for services is set by the NDIA and is reviewed annually. CATA reserves the right to change the price of its services in accordance with any changes made by the NDIA to service pricing. NDIS prices are subject to change per term and each financial year.


Prices for CATA services under the NDIS have changed.  This change is in line with the NDIA’s annual process of reviewing and updating NDIS support prices.  The NDIA sets price controls for some supports included in participant plans taking into account market trends, changes in costs and wage rates.

For CATA Art Therapy sessions, NDIS price controls are primarily determined by the location of participant home to Art Therapist home.





An important change regarding notification of absences has also been introduced by the NDIA in the latest release of the price guide and came into effect 1 July, 2019.  This cancellation policy has been adopted by CATA and delineates that if a participant makes a cancellation, which is within 2 days before the service, the service provider can charge up to 90% of the agreed price for the cancelled appointment.  Outside of this NDIA rule, CATA’s policy regarding cancellations, ‘no-shows’ and notification of absences applies and can be found on our service agreement.



CATA complies with the Human Services Standards (HSS, Dept Human Services, Vic) and the National Standards for Disability Services (please see table below).


NDIA Managed?  Self-Managed?  Or, do you have a Financial Intermediary?

When completing your enrolment form/service agreement with CATA it is imperative that you let us know how your fees will be paid.  This ensures that invoices can be processed easily and that your participant can gain ready access to our service.

Your payment options are:

  1. NDIS Managed – this means that CATA can access your NDIS funds via the NDIA portal directly. You will still receive an invoice for your information but you do not pay us directly.
  2. Self–Managed (NDIS) – you are an NDIS participant but are managing all payments yourself. You will be invoiced and will pay the NDIS rate directly then apply to the NDIA for reimbursement.
  3. Financial Intermediary – whether you are a NDIS participant or are still yet to come under the scheme and so have funding through another support agency, if you have another agent (eg Moira, Yooralla) acting on your behalf please note this on your CATA enrolment form/service agreement. All invoices will then be sent to your Financial Intermediary who will distribute your funding accordingly.