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The Government will transfer client groups within the Australian Government Hearing Services Community Service Obligations (CSO) Program to the National Disability Insurance Scheme


This will happen regardless of the outcome of investigations into the potential sale of Australian Hearing to the private sector.  Australian Hearing currently delivers these CSO programs on behalf of the Government.

Community Service Obligations program and the NDIS

The Government will develop and implement a plan for vulnerable Community Service Obligations clients to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme during its national roll-out. 

Australian Hearing

The Government is investigating the privatisation of Australian Hearing.  Australian Hearing is highly regarded internationally as the provider of high quality hearing services, particularly to Deaf and hearing impaired children.  The National Acoustic Laboratories (a part of Australian Hearing) is regarded as a world leader in hearing research.  Any proposed changes to existing arrangements should ensure that Australia maintains its reputation as a world leader in hearing services delivery and research.

  • The future of Australian Hearing was questioned at a Senate hearing in June in Canberra - download the transcript



Read about the potential impacts of the government's planned sale of Australian Hearing