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Hearing Services Review Interim Advice to Government – Implementation of HSP Changes

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Publication date: 
4 December 2020
Last updated: 
13 January 2021
Publication type: 
Report
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

The Hearing Services Review Panel has provided its interim advice to Government regarding the implementation of the Government’s changes to the Hearing Services Program’s Voucher Scheme, announced in the 2020–21 Budget. The changes included extending the Voucher period to five years, removing the 12 month warranty period maintenance payment and replacing the annual maintenance payment in advance with quarterly payments in advance.

This Interim Advice assesses potential implementation impacts and provides three policy approaches which could be applied during the implementation period. Each approach aims to support ongoing consumer access to the Voucher Scheme by maintaining a viable provider sector. The analysis includes impacts on consumers and providers in rural and remote areas.

Your feedback is welcome via email at hearing-review [at] health.gov.au until 5pm AEST Monday 18 January 2021.

The Panel will provide its Final Report to the Minister at the end of July 2021.