Report on the regulatory framework for hearing services

The Deed of Standing Offer (the Deed)

Review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory framework for hearing services July 2012. The Report was prepared for the Office of Hearing Services by MP Consulting

Page last updated: 28 November 2012

The Deed provides that:

  • the device supplier must be registered by the OHS in order to provide devices to service providers for the purposes of the hearing services scheme
  • the device supplier and the service provider may contract with each other for the provision of devices but the contract must be in accordance with the conditions detailed in the Deed.

The Deed details:
  • the list of ‘approved devices’ comprising one schedule of devices that are fully funded under the scheme and one list of top-up devices (whereby the provider and the supplier may negotiate a price for the device)
  • the maximum price that may be charged for devices on the ‘Main Schedule of Approved Devices’ (noting that for devices on the ‘Top-up Schedule of Approved Devices’ the price is as agreed between the supplier and the service provider)
  • the conditions of device supply, that is, the mandatory terms of the contract of supply between the service provider and the device supplier
  • device specifications. This includes, for example:
    • minimum specifications for earmoulds and shells
    • minimum specifications for free-to-client devices
    • specifications for top-up devices
    • specifications for non-standard devices.

The Deed is valid for the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2012 but is being extended until 31 December 2013 to enable review of procurement options.