Hearing Australia is a statutory authority established by the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991, governed by a board appointed by the Minister for Government Services. It delivers hearing services under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, which the Department of Health administers.
The department works closely with Hearing Australia and advises the Minister for Government Services on the ministerial responsibilities that relate to Hearing Australia.
The department also liaises with stakeholder departments and agencies—such as the Department of Health, the Department of Finance, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Department of Social Services—in relation to Hearing Australia, to inform advice to the Minister and the Secretary.
Hearing Australia is a corporate Australian Government entity under the PGPA Act and prepares its own annual report.
Financially, Hearing Australia is not a general government sector entity. Therefore, it is not consolidated into the government’s general government sector fiscal estimates and does not appear in the Portfolio Budget Statements or the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.