NDIS and CATA Fact Sheet

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Where are CATA programs categorised under the NDIS?

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 OR ONLINE.  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.


How can I use my NDIS funds to participate in CATA classes?

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 the NDIA support budget: Therapeutic Supports. 

The support categories may be included in your NDIS plan in relation to the CATA program.

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 resiliencies
  • Facilitate post traumatic growth
  • Cope with disability and chronic illness
  • Process loss and grief
  • Improve mental and physical symptoms
  • 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.


What happens after I’ve had my planning meeting and I’ve had CATA Art Therapy sessions included in my plan?

As a registered NDIS service provider, CATA can access NDIS funds directly through the NDIA payment portal. This makes paying for the CATA program easy and seamless. All registrations and accounts are handled centrally by CATA’s office. If CATA is included in your plan please alert our office by completing the Service Agreement. After CATA has been included as a support in your individual plan the following process will take place.


Will I have a Service Agreement with CATA?

Yes. One of the requirements of NDIS is that service providers have a Service Agreement with each person accessing their service. CATA’s Service Agreement and can easily be completed online. The Service Agreement is a description of what your challenges may be.  This will assist CATA to provide and customise the art therapy for you.  We pride ourselves in ensuring the best possible experience and outcome.  The agreement is reviewed annually or as the person joins the service.


What is the review process of the Service Agreement with CATA as a service provider?

Participant decides to include CATA as a 'service' in his/her individual NDIS plan

Participant has planning meeting with NDIA planner to confirm services and allocate funding. NDIA issue client with NDIS Individual plan

CATA is listed as Service Provider indicating funding cluster. Participant alerts CATA to funding allocation on NDIS plan by providing a completed Service Agreement online at CATA.org.au


How do I pay for my CATA service if it is part of my NDIS package?

CATA will go to the provider portal on the NDIS website. There is an NDIS client number that we use to enter what will or has been provided, where and when. The NDIA then checks that information against what has been agreed to. If it is all correct, NDIS pays CATA directly. You do not have to do anything regarding payment.

Individual Service Agreement completed by participant

CATA either accesses participant's portal to commit and draw down funds or, if participant is self-managing their plan, participant pays direct to CATA as invoiced and claims reimbursement from NDIA. 

 If you are self-managing your plan, you will be invoiced the NDIS rate by CATA and you will pay on that invoice and claim reimbursement from the NDIS. Standard payment terms apply and fees will be incurred should payment be overdue. If your plan does not cover the cost of the service provided, you will be required to pay CATA directly. If you are using a financial intermediary, firstly, please alert CATA to this fact so that, secondly, your invoices can be sent directly to this intermediary for payment.


If my session fees are being covered by NDIS funding, are there any other costs that I need to pay for directly to CATA?

No, all consumables are supplied by CATA.


If you require further information or support about our services to take to your planning meeting in order to add weight to your request to have CATA Art Therapy sessions included in your plan, please contact CATA on info@cata.org.au