Australian Government - Department of Health - Office of Hearing Services
Hearing Services Program

Legislation

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program is governed by a range of legislative documents.  A Glossary of definitions are used throughout the documents.

Hearing Services Administration Act 1997

The Hearing Services Administration Act 1997 (the Act) sets up a scheme under which hearing services are provided to eligible voucher-holders by contracted service providers.  The document details eligible persons in the voucher system of the program, and the hearing services that may be available to them.  It also details requirements for contracted service providers wanting to deliver hearing services to eligible voucher-holders.

Hearing Services Administration Act 1997

Hearing Services Rules of Conduct 2012

The 2012 Rules outline the requirements and standards that contracted service providers must adhere to when providing services to eligible voucher-holders under the voucher system of the program.  They also establish the qualification requirements for hearing practitioners that contracted service providers can use to deliver clinical hearing services to eligible voucher-holders.

Hearing Services Rules of Conduct 2012

Hearing Services (Participants in the Voucher System) Determination 1997

The Determination establishes classes of eligible persons who are participants in the voucher system, and the types of hearing services available to a participant who is issued a voucher.

Hearing Services (Participants in the Voucher System) Determination 1997

Hearing Services Voucher Rules 1997

The voucher rules describe the requirements for applying for, issuing, revalidating and using a voucher.  A voucher represents an entitlement to one or more specified hearing services.

Hearing Services Voucher Rules 1997

Hearing Services (Eligible Persons) Determination 1997

The Determination establishes classes of eligible persons for the purpose of the Act.

Hearing Services (Eligible Persons) Determination 1997

Hearing Services Providers Accreditation Scheme 1997

This Scheme provides for accreditation of entities that can demonstrate that they are able to prove to participants in the voucher system a specified level and range of hearing services.

Hearing Services Providers Accreditation Scheme 1997

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 sets out the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) functions, powers and procedures. The role of the AAT is to provide independent merits review of administrative decisions. The AAT aims to provide a review mechanism that is fair, just, and economical. Part 5 of the Act provides details on decisions that may be reviewed by the AAT.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975

Electronics Transaction Act 1999

The Electronics Transaction Act 1999 allows that a transaction under a law of the Commonwealth will not be invalid simply because it was conducted by the use of electronic communications.  The Act provides for payment to be made under Part 3 (3)(21) to make payments to contracted service providers by way of a specified electronic transmission.

Electronic Transaction Act 1999

Australian Hearing Services Act 1991

The Australian Hearing Services Act 1991 sets up the establishment, functions and powers of authority of an Authority known as Australian Hearing. Australian Hearing deliver the community service obligation component of the Australian Government Hearing Services Program.

Australian Hearing Services Act 1991

Declared Hearing Services Determination 1997

The Determination establishes under the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991 classes of eligible persons who are participants in the voucher system, and the types of hearing services available to a participant who is issued a voucher.

Declared Hearing Services Determination 1997

Disability Services Act 1986

The Disability Services Act 1986, Part III – Provision of rehabilitation services by the Commonwealth refers to Disability Employment Services (DES) 

Disability Services Act 1986

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