FUTURE of HEARING SERVICES in Australia
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.
- Read Transition of the Australian Government Hearing Services CSO Program to NDIS-- issues paper June 2015
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.
- Read our report on the release of information on the Government's scoping study in 2014 to investigate issues and options relating to a sale of Australian Hearing.
- The future of Australian Hearing was questioned at a Senate hearing in June in Canberra - download the transcript
- Read a summary of the impact of a sale on children and families
- Read a summary of the impact of a sale on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Read a summary of the impact of a sale on adults with complex hearing rehabilitation needs
- Read a summary of the impact of a sale on hearing research
- Read the submission summary
- Read the complete submission
Read about the potential impacts of the government's planned sale of Australian Hearing