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Declared Hearing Services Determination 1997

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This Determination specifies classes of people who are eligible for hearing services.
Administered by: Health
Registered 21 Nov 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR25-Aug-1997
Tabled Senate25-Aug-1997
Gazetted 02 Jul 1997
To be repealed 01 Oct 2019
Repealed by Australian Hearing Services (Declared Hearing Services) Determination 2019

Commonwealth of Australia

 

Hearing Services Act 1991

 

 

Declared Hearing Services Determination 1997

 

I, CHRISTOPER MARTIN ELLISON, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Family Services, acting for the Minister, make this Determination under subsections 8(4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) of the Hearing Services Act 1991.

 

 

Dated 30th June 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

C M ELLISON

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health

and Family Services

for the Minister for Health and Family Services

 

______________________________________

 

 

Citation

This Determination may be cited as the Declared Hearing Services Determination 1997.

 

Commencement

1.      This Determination commences on 1 July 1997.

[Note:   1 July 1997 is the commencement date of subsections 8(4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) of the Act.] 

 

Definitions

            3.   (1)   In this Determination, unless the contrary intention appears:

Aboriginal person has the meaning given by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989;

 

Act means the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991;

[Note:   On 1 July 1997 the Hearing Services Act 1991 is renamed the Australian Hearing Services Act 1991. See Hearing Services and AGHS Reform Act 1997, Schedule 1, item 8.]


Australian children has the same meaning given by subsection 8(10) of the Act, and Australian child has a corresponding meaning;

 

Comcare means the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission;

complex client has the meaning give by subsection (3);

eligible person means a person who, under the Hearing Services Administration Act 1997, is an eligible person;

 

parent, in relation to an Australian child, includes a step-parent, adoptive parent, foster parent or legal guardian of the child;

 

profound hearing loss, in relation to a person, means a hearing loss, where the average hearing threshold level for 0.5, 1 and 2 kilohertz ((kHz) in the person’s better ear that is greater than, or equal to, 80 decibels;

 

referred Comcare client has the meaning given by subsection 8(10) of the Act;

referred Commonwealth employee has the meaning given by subsection 8(10) of the Act;

 

severe communication impairment, in relation to a person, means communication difficulty that:

(a)             prevents the person from communicating effectively in his or her daily environment; or

(b)            is caused or aggravated by significant physical, intellectual, mental, emotional or social disability;

 

Torres Strait Islander has the meaning given by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989.

 

(2)        In Schedule 1, a reference to the provision of a hearing device includes the provision of a replacement hearing device if the replacement is necessary:

(a)                on clinical grounds; or

(b)               because the device is lost or damaged.

(3)        For this Determination, a person is a complex client if, and only if, he or she is an eligible person who has:

(a)                profound hearing loss; or

(b)               hearing loss and severe communication impairment.

 

Class 1—Australian children

 4.        The hearing services specified in Part 1 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(aa) of the Act to Australian children generally.

 

Class 2—referred Comcare clients generally

             5.        The hearing services specified in Part 2 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ab) of the Act to referred Comcare clients generally.

 

Class 3—specified referred Comcare clients

6.                  The hearing services specified in Part 3 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ab) of the Act to referred Comcare clients who, under an agreement between the authority and Comcare, are persons to whom those hearing services are to be made available.

 

Class 4—referred Commonwealth employees

7.                  The hearing services specified in Part 4 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ac) of the Act to referred Commonwealth employees generally.

 

Class 5—persons who cease to be in class 1 or 7

            8.         (1)        The hearing services specified in Part 5 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ad) of the Act to the class of designated persons specified in paragraph 12(a).

 

(2)               A hearing service of a kind mention in subsection (1) is a declared hearing service in relation to a person for the period of 5 years beginning on the day when:

(a)                in the case of a person who turns 21 and, immediately before turning 21, was an Australian child—the person turns 21; or

(b)               in the case of a person who ceases to be a member of the class specified in paragraph 12(c)—the person ceases to be a member of the class.

 

[Note:  Paragraph (2)(a) refers to a person who ceases to be a member of class 1 (for class 1, see s 4; paragraph (2)(b) refers to a person who ceases to be a member of class 7 (for class 7, see s 10).]

 

Class 6—formerly eligible persons under the Act who were engaged on hearing rehabilitation programs

 

 9.        (1)        Subject to subsection (2), the hearing services specified in Part 6 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ad) of the Act to the class of designated persons specified in paragraph 12(b).

 

(2)               This section, and Part 6 of Schedule 1, cease to be in force on 1 July 2002.

 

Class 7—certain eligible persons

10.        The hearing services specified in Part 7 of Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ad) of the Act to the class of designated persons specified in paragraph 12(c).

 

Class 8—certain Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders

11.           The hearing services specified in Part 8 of the Schedule 1 are declared hearing services for the application of paragraph 8(1)(ad) of the Act to the class of designated persons specified in paragraph 12(d).

 

[Note:  Sections 4 to 11 declare 8 classes of persons.  Class 1 is declared under subsection 8(4) of the Act, classes 2 and 3 under subsection 8(5) of the Act, class 4 under subsection 8(6) of the Act and classes 5 to 8 under subsection 8(8) of the Act.]

 

Designated persons

12.           For paragraph 8(1)(ad) of the Act, each person in any of the following classes of persons is a designated person:

(a)                persons, each of whom:

(i)                  has turned 21 and , immediately before turning 21, was an Australian child; or

(ii)                has ceased to be a member of a class specified in paragraph (c);

(b)               persons who:

(i)         immediately before the commencement of this Determination, were eligible persons under paragraph 5(1)(ac) of the Act (holders of seniors health cards); and

(ii)        before the commencement of this Determination, were undergoing, or had undergone, a hearing rehabilitation
program with the Authority or a service provider engaged by the Authority to provide such a program;

            (c)        eligible persons, each of whom:

                        (i)         is a complex client; or

(ii)        resides in, and receives his or her hearing services in, a place within the geographical area covered by a postcode listed in Schedule 2 (remote areas);

(d)       Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders, each of whom is:

(i)                  under 21; or

(ii)                an eligible person.

[Note:  Section 12 is made under subsection 8(7) of the Act.]

Certain services subject to payment of any applicable charges

            13.       (1)        The provision to a person of a service specified in an item mention in subsection (2) is subject to payment of the charge, if any, that is payable by the person under the Hearing Services Regulations (as in force from time to time) for a service of that kind.

            The items are:

(a)    in Part 1 of the Schedule—item 6; and

(b)   in Part 3 of the Schedule—item 5; and

(c)    in Part 7 of the Schedule—item 5.

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SCHEDULE 1

DECLARED HEARING SERVICES

[Note:  In this Schedule, a reference to the provision of a hearing device includes, in some instances, replacement of a hearing device; see subsection 3(2).]

PART 1—AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN            Section 4

1.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent of any hearing loss in the child.

2.                  Provision of any hearing device (other than a cochlear implant or a cochlear implant speech processor unit) that is:

(a)    clinically appropriate to the hearing loss, the child’s capacity to benefit from the device and his or her life circumstances; and

(b)   approved by the Authority.

3.                  Provision of a replacement cochlear implant speech processor unit.

4.                  Services necessary to fit, and monitor the suitability, of a selected hearing device and to achieve the maximum functionality of the device.

5.                  Ongoing advice and assistance about rehabilitation to the extent necessary to enable the child to achieve a rehabilitation outcome commensurate with his or her needs, including the provision of advice and support to the child’s parents, teachers and educational establishment on the management and support of the child concerning the hearing impairment.

6.                  Provision of necessary repairs, adjustment and maintenance of a hearing device, including the reasonable provision of replacement batteries.

 

              PART 2—REFERRED COMCARE CLIENTS      Section 5                    GENERALLY

1.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent, and to determine the cause, of any hearing loss in the person.


SCHEDULE 2—continued

    PART 3—SPECIFIED REFERRED COMCARE         Section 6                    CLIENTS

1.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent, and to determine the cause, of any hearing loss in the person.

2.                  Provision of any hearing device (other than a cochlear implant or a cochlear implant speech processor unit) that is clinically appropriate to the hearing loss, the person’s capacity to benefit from the device and his or her life circumstances.

3.                  Services necessary to fit, and monitor the suitability of, a selected hearing device and to achieve the maximum functionality of the device.

4.                  Ongoing advice and assistance about rehabilitation to the extent necessary to enable the person to achieve a rehabilitation outcome commensurate with his or her needs.

5.                  Provision of necessary repairs, adjustment and maintenance of a hearing device, including the reasonable provision of replacement batteries for the first year.

6.                  Other clinically necessary hearing services, if agreed between the Authority and Comcare as hearing services to be made available to referred Comcare clients to whom this Part applies.

               PART 4—REFERRED COMMONWEALTH       Section 7                    EMPLOYEES

1.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent of any hearing loss n the person.

        PART 5—PERSONS WHO CEASE TO BE IN       Section 8                    CLASS 1 OR 7

1.                  Maintenance by the Authority of a hearing device issued to the person in his or her capacity as an eligible person under the Act, if the maintenance is requested by the person during the period of 5 years from the date when he or she cease to be an eligible person under the Act, but excluding:

(a)          replacement of major electronic components within a hearing device;

(b)    provision of a battery for use in a hearing device;

(c)  replacement by the authority of a hearing device that is lost or  
   damaged.


SCHEDULE 1—continued

                                                                                         

PART 6—FORMERLY ELIGIBLE PERSONS           Section 9                               UNDER THE ACT WHO WERE ENGAGED ON  HEARING REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

1.                  Maintenance by the Authority of a hearing device issued to the person in his or her capacity as an eligible person under the Act, but excluding:

      (a)  replacement of major electronic components within a hearing device;

(b)    provision of a battery for use in a hearing device;

(c)   replacement by the authority of a hearing device that is lost or  
 damaged.

 

[NOTE:   This Part ceases to be in force on 1 July 2002; see subs 9(2).].

 

PART 7—CERTAIN ELIGIBLE PERSONS       Section 10

2.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent of any hearing loss in the person.

3.                  Provision of any hearing device (other than a cochlear implant or a cochlear implant speech processor unit) that is:

      (a)     clinically appropriate to the hearing loss, the person’s capacity to 
               benefit from the device and his or her life circumstances; and

      (b)     approved by the Authority.

 

4.                  Services necessary to fit, and monitor the suitability of, a selected hearing device and to achieve the maximum functionality of the device.

 

5.                  Ongoing advice and assistance about rehabilitation to the extent necessary to enable the person to achieve a rehabilitation outcome commensurate with his or her needs.

 

               5       Provision of necessary repairs, adjustment and maintenance of a hearing device, including the reasonable provision of replacement batteries.


SCHEDULE 1—continued

 

PART 8—CERTAIN ABORIGINAL PERSONS       Section 11

AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS

 

1.                  Services that are necessary to assess and measure the nature and extent of any hearing loss in the person.

2.                  Provision of any hearing device (other than a cochlear implant or a cochlear implant speech processor unit) that is:

      (a)     clinically appropriate to the hearing loss, the person’s capacity to 
               benefit from the device and his or her life circumstances; and

      (b)     approved by the Authority.

 

3.                  Services necessary to fit, and monitor the suitability of, a selected hearing device and to achieve the maximum functionality of the device.

 

4.                  Ongoing advice and assistance about rehabilitation to the extent necessary to enable the person to achieve a rehabilitation outcome commensurate with his or her needs, including the provision of advice and support to the person’s family and community on the management and support of the person in regard to his or her hearing impairment.

 

5.                  Provision of necessary repairs, adjustment and maintenance of a hearing device, including the reasonable provision of replacement batteries.

 

6.                  Provision of services, training and advice, in a culturally appropriate way, on matters of aural health and hygiene, including services, training and advice for the prevention and treatment of chronic conditions such as otitis media.

 

7.                  Provision of specialised amplification devices to meet the particular needs of certain persons in the class of persons specified in paragraph 12(d).

 

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                                           SCHEDULE   2                 Subparagraph 12(c)(ii) 

 

LIST OF POSTCODES (REMOTE AREAS)

 

                                       NT       800                                          4627

NSW   2333                               811                                          4671

            2361                               812                                          4700

            2386                               821                                          4702

            2387                               822                                                  

            2388                               825                                          4703

            2406                               830                                          4705

            2418                               847                                          4707

            2577                               850                                          4709

            2648                               851 - 854                                 4715

            2652                               860                                          4717

            2665                               861                                          4718

            2667                               862                                          4720 - 4727

            2669                               870                                          4730 - 4733

            2671                               871                                          4735 - 4739

            2672                               872                                          4741 - 4746 

            2675                               880                                          4800

            2676                               881                                          4804

            2677                               882                                          4805

            2681                               885                                          4807

            2696                               886                                          4816

            2710                                                                               4820 - 4830

            2711                   QLD    4357                                        4850

            2715                               4388                                        4870

            2717                               4390                                        4871            

            2732 - 2739                    4405                                        4872

            2800                               4406                                        4874

            2821                               4411                                        4875

            2823                               4413                                        4876

            2824                               4415 - 4428                             4878

            2825                               4454                                        4880

            2831 - 2840                    4455                                        4890

            2870 - 2880                    4461                                        4891

            2898                               4462                                       

            3500                               4465                            TAS     7255

            3585                               4467                                        7256

            3586                               4468                                        7257

                                                   4470 - 4498                             7330

                                                   4625                                        7467

                                                   4626                                        7468


SCHEDULE 2—continued

 

SA       5220 - 5223        VIC     3415                                        6413 - 6431

            5304                               3418                                        6435 - 6450

            5307                               3419                                        6468

            5310                               3420                                        6470 - 6480

            5300                               3489                                        6484

            5312                               3490                                        6487 - 6490

            5320                               3491                                        6513 - 6520

            5330                               3494                                        6522

            5333                               3496                                        6525

            5341                               3501                                        6530

            5417                               3505                                        6532

            5422                               3506                                        6535

            5427                               3507                                        6536

            5430 - 5434                    3509                                        6537

            5440                               3512                                        6606

            5461                               3875                                        6608

            5493                               3886 - 3892                             6609

            5573                               3921                                        6612 - 6620

            5600                               3960                                        6623

            5601                                                                               6625

            5606                   WA      6258                                        6627

5607                               6312                                        6628

5620                               6315 - 6322                             6630 - 6635

5632                               6328                                        6638 - 6642

5633                               6335 - 6338                             6646

5641                               6341                                        6647

5650 - 5655                    6343                                        6701

5660                               6346                                        6705

5661                               6348                                        6707

5670                               6350 - 5359                             5710 - 6725

5671                               6361                                        6728

5680                               6363                                        6731

5690                               6365                                        6733

5700                               6367 - 6370                             6740

5710                               6372                                        6741

5720 - 5725                    6377                                        6743

5730 - 5734                    6385                                        6751 - 6755

5750                               6386                                        6758

5751                               6395                                        6760 - 6762

5799                               6396                                        6765

                                       6410                                        6770