The future of hearing services in Australia is assured thanks to an approach adopted by the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Hearing Services Program (HSP) which has been in effect since July 1 of this year.
The NDIS and the HSP will work together, while continuing to provide support in their own roles, to ensure high quality hearing services continue to be available to people of all ages.
The HSP will fund hearing services for Australian citizens and permanent residents, including children and young people under 26, who satisfy the eligibility criteria.
As such, Hearing Australia will continue to be the sole provider of HSP services for eligible children and young people under 26, ensuring quality safeguards remain in place for this age group.
The NDIS will continue to fund all reasonable and necessary hearing services for participants aged 26 and over who are not able to access the HSP, along with additional hearing supports where they are not available to participants via the HSP, including for people under 26.
Participants are encouraged to contact their local area co-ordinator or planner to discuss adding NDIS-funded hearing supports to their plan during their next scheduled review.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing in Australia will continue to have access to world-leading hearing supports and services.
For many NDIS participants, there will be no change to the current arrangements.
For more information on this and other provisions, visit the NDIS website at ndis.gov.au.