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Providing great value to government and partners
Hearing Australia is a statutory authority established under the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991. The Act sets out a number of Functions for the organisation, including provision of hearing services to children and young adults, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, adults with complex needs and eligible Voucher holders under the Government's Hearing Services Program.
Our mission is to provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians. In particular we:
- provide support and advice to the Minister for Government Services and work closely with relevant government departments and agencies and external partners
- support the development of government initiatives to prevent hearing loss and improve access and quality of services to those that have hearing loss
- work collaboratively with government and other hearing health stakeholders to set the future direction of hearing services for all Australians
- work with our research arm, the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) to support world leading education, research outcomes and innovation in service delivery, and
- constantly seek to deliver value for money for the community and taxpayers.
In 2018-19 we:
- provided a range of briefing to the Minister for Government Services and the former Minister for Human Services and Digital transformation
- worked with the NDIA to ensure that young children received rapid access to the services they require under the The National Disability Insurance Scheme
- established a The new Hearing Assessment Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-school children in remote and regional areas, supported by a government grant
- worked with the Department of Health and the hearing sector to prepare A Roadmap for Hearing Health, setting out the key actions that need to occur to improve hearing health for all Australians.