This submission gives effect to recommendations of the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee and the Hearing Services Consultative Committee.
- In May 2010, the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee handed down a report with unanimous support. It was titled; Hear Us, Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia. Recommendation #4 was that eligibility for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program be extended to include all Australians, subject to a means test.
- In 2011, a Sub-Committee of the Hearing Services Consultative Committee reporting to the Minister of Mental Health and Ageing advised Government on the implementation of this recommendation
- In August 2014 HCIA was encouraged by Assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash to bring forward a 2015/16 Budget submission.