*The Australian Government Hearing Services Program (the program) provides eligible people with access to a range of free and subsidised hearing services, including:
- a comprehensive hearing assessment performed by a hearing services provider;
- help with your hearing loss and communication needs, including support and rehabilitation services;
- access to a wide range of high quality hearing devices, if required, made by leading manufacturers; and
- optional maintenance support. You can receive repairs and batteries to support your hearing device for a small fee.
You are eligible for the program if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 21 years or older and you are:
- a Pensioner Concession Card Holder;
- receiving Sickness Allowance from Centrelink;
- the holder of a Gold Repatriation Health Card issued for all conditions;
- the holder of a White Repatriation Health Card issued for conditions that include hearing loss;
- a dependent of a person in one of the above categories;
- a member of the Australian Defence Force1; or
- part of the Australian Government funded Disability Employment Services (DES) – Disability Management Service and you are referred by your Disability Employment Services case manager.
You are eligible to receive hearing services through the Community Service Obligations (CSO) component of the program if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you are:
- younger than 26 years;
- an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander who is over 50 years;
- an Indigenous participant in the Remote Jobs and Community Program; or
- a former Indigenous participant in a Community Development Employment Projects Program, who received hearing services before 30 June 2013.
In addition, National Disability Insurance Scheme participants may access hearing services through the program if referred for services by their Disability Care Australia Planner.
This information is general advice only. For further information or to apply for the program please visit the Office of Hearing Services website or contact the Office of Hearing Services: www.hearingservices.gov.au