Report on the regulatory framework for hearing services

The Report on the outcomes of the review

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 purpose of this report is to summarise findings from the review and provide recommendations for reform.

The report provides:

  • an overview of the hearing services scheme (Chapter 2)
  • a description of the legislative and contractual framework for the scheme (i.e. the legal basis for the establishment and administration of the scheme) (Chapter 3)
  • a description of the assessment of the scheme (Chapter 4)
  • a description of the assessment findings (Chapter 5)
  • the objectives of any reform (Chapter 6)
  • a description of four reform options (Chapter 7). For each option, the following information is included:

  • – a description of the option
      – the advantages and disadvantages of the option (including consideration of: the medium to long-term benefits realisation for government and industry; how the regulatory burden on providers may be reduced under the option; whether the option is likely to achieve enhanced value for money for government)
        – the extent of legislative drafting required
          – the implementation timeframes
            – cost implications.

          Please note that this report does not include recommendations regarding Australian Hearing. The Australian Hearing legislation has not been considered as part of the review, nor has the provision of community service obligations.