Dance movement therapy and the NDIS

This page is a growing resource being developed by the DTAA’s 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.

Resources developed by the DTAA

Available to logged-in members only. Please log in at the top right and go to this page to download these files.

DTAA DMT and NDIS Service Agreement Template

DTAA DMT and NDIS Intake Form Template

DTAA DMT and NDIS Progress Report Template

Dance movement therapy and the NDIS: Questions and answers for NDIS participants (coming soon)

Dance movement therapy and the NDIS: Questions and answers for DM therapists (coming soon)

Dance movement therapy and the NDIS: Questions and answers for NDIS service providers (coming soon)



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


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.

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

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

Dunphy, K. & Hens, T. (2018). Outcome-focussed dance movement therapy assessment enhanced by iPad app MARA. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:2067. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02067.
This articles reports a trial of an assessment process applied in a DMT program for clients with intellectual disability, and includes discussion of the usefulness of the process in meeting agencies’ needs for outcome reporting, stimulated by the new demands of the NDIS in Australia.

Gingold, S. (2018). NDIS pathways review- signs of positive change to come Melbourne: Disability Services Consultancy. This article overviews the recently published NDIS Pathways Review that  acknowledges problems that  occurred during the rollout of the Scheme and the NDIA’s plans to address them. This article was reproduced with permission from Disability Services Consultancy. Their website has many resources on the 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).

NDIA (2018). Independent Pricing Review recommendations.
New recommendations from the NDIA re pricing.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (2018)
This new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.

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.



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


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is there a way for dance movement therapy to be funded through the NDIS?

A: Yes, in some cases this is possible if the participant’s plan is Self Managed and the funding is approved within the correct category – under Therapy. 


Q: Where can I find out more about being an NDIS Provider

A: The NIDS Provider portal has many useful links and information. You can visit it by clicking here. There is also a provider toolkit you can visit, with helpful information on how the NDIS works. A new website of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission,  a new independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services.


Q: Is there a price guide or pricing information for the NDIS?

A: Yes there is. You can visit the price guide here, however dance movement therapy is not a listed item, and therefore the price will need to be determined between the participant and provider, and this is only possible when working with a participant who is self managing their funds.