Australian Hearing is a statutory authority established under the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991, governed by a board appointed by the Minister for Human Services. Australian Hearing delivers hearing services to eligible Australians under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program which is administered by the Department of Health.
The department works closely with Australian Hearing, providing advice to the Minister in connection with the Minister’s responsibilities regarding Australian Hearing.
The department also liaises with relevant stakeholder departments such as the Department of Health, the Department of Finance, and the Department of Social Services (DSS) in relation to Australian Hearing, to support the provision of advice to the Minister and the Secretary.
In terms of its broader governance, Australian Hearing is a corporate Commonwealth entity under the PGPA Act.
Financially, Australian Hearing is a non-General Government Sector entity. As such, it is not consolidated into the Commonwealth’s General Government Sector fiscal estimates. Accordingly, Australian Hearing is not reported in the Portfolio Budget Statements or the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.
Australian Hearing prepares its own annual report under section 46 of the PGPA Act.