In summary, the regulatory framework for the hearing services scheme, comprises:
- legislation - an Act and five pieces of delegated legislation
- a standard form contract which the OHS (on behalf of the Commonwealth) enters into with each of the service providers
- a Deed of Standing Offer which the OHS (on behalf of the Commonwealth) enters into with each of the device suppliers
- numerous quasi-regulatory and administrative instruments. Some of these are made under the legislation, some in accordance with the contract and some are purely administrative.
Each of these elements of the scheme is discussed in more detail below.