By mid-2019 the Hearing Services Program will in-part be transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This will only affect a small percentage of program clients, with most clients remaining in the program and continuing to receive high quality hearing services.
After mid-2019, NDIS participants will no longer be able to receive hearing services through the Hearing Services Program and will instead receive their supports and services through the NDIS.
The NDIS will provide Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life. This will include a suite of hearing services and supports to eligible clients, which aims to reduce the consequences of hearing loss.
The following groups of Hearing Services Program clients will likely be eligible to become NDIS participants.
- Children and young adults under the age of 26
- Some adults classed as complex clients.
If you are eligible to become an NDIS participant you will be contacted directly by the NDIS before mid-2019. Until then, you will continue to receive your existing hearing services and supports through the Hearing Services Program.