Dance movement therapy and the NDIS

This page is a growing resource being developed by the NDIS Sub-Committee to assist DM therapists access NDIS resources, and offer relevant information for service providers and potential clients.

Currently dance movement therapy is not recognised as a fundable service by the NDIS, whereas arts and music therapy are.  The DTAA’s NDIS Sub-Committee is working to address this issue.


Au, J. (2017). NDIS Brief Overview for DTAA AGM 2017

This article discusses issues which may be experienced by people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, especially the issue of receiving long term therapy. The NDIS does not support long term therapy and recommends that assistants be trained to provide the service. Why this is a concern and the benefits of working with a registered music therapist are discussed.



Cameron, H. (2017). Long term music therapy for people with intellectual disabilities and the NDIS. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 28, 1-15.

Disability Service Consulting (2017). Mental health supports in the NDIS: What’s changing?
This short article provides very clear, brief information about the relationship of different areas of mental health and NDIS.

McFerran, K., Tamplin, J., Thompson, G., Lee, J., Murphy, M., & Teggelove, K. (2016). Music Therapy and the NDIS: Understanding music therapy as a reasonable and necessary support service for people with disability. Melbourne: University of Melbourne and Australian Music Therapy Association.
This document results from the findings of a small scoping study conducted to develop a better understanding of the needs, perspectives, and goals of all stakeholders in the provision of music-based services within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Simpson, S. (2017). Make art a priority in your NDIS plan. Artshub, 27 November.
This article offers very useful information about resources to support clients access the arts through the NDIS.

Arts Access Victoria (2017). Art & You: A Planning Guide. Melbourne: Arts Access.
This self-advocacy toolkit outlines the process of becoming an NDIS participant, what people need to prepare, and how to begin talking about arts and cultural participation in a way that aligns with the NDIS.


AHPA training:  information about training provided by AHPA for its members (2017)