Application for Transfer of Accreditation

Closes 22 Jan 2021

Important Information

Thank you for your interest in applying to transfer your accreditation as a service provider for the Australian Government Hearing Services Program (the program) to another entity. 

The Australian Government Hearing Services Program

The Department of Health (the department) is responsible for managing and administering the Australian Government Hearing Services Program (the program). Through the program, the department continues to reduce the incidence and consequences of avoidable hearing loss in the Australian community by providing access to high quality hearing services and devices

The Minister may accredit entities as service providers under the program as per section 14 of the Hearing Services Administration Act 1997 (Cth) (the Act). Section 22 of the Hearing Services Program (Voucher) Instrument 2019 (Instrument) provides for accreditation to be transferrable if deemed in the best interests of persons receiving hearing services under the Act. 

What is a transfer of Accreditation?

There are recognised entity types under the Act which are able apply for accreditation. These include:

  • Body Corporate (Company)
  • Individual (Sole Trader)
  • Partnership

Transfer of accreditation may be sought when an accredited entity undergoes a change to its corporate structure and wishes to transfer its accreditation to the new entity.

Examples of this would include the following:

  • Sole Trader under the program wishing to change to company status
  • Partnership under the program changing to a company
  • Partnership being dissolved and looking to move to a sole trader
  • Company to Trustee Company

A trust is not a recognised entity type for the purpose of the program and can therefore not be accredited to provide services.

Before I start my application

In order to confirm that your request meets the requirements for accreditation to be transferred please check that your situation meets one of the examples above. If it does not, please contact the program at hearing@health.gov.au to discuss your specific situation.

Once you confirm that you may be eligible to transfer your accreditation, complete your name and email address, and read the documentation checklist below before continuing the application. 

1. What is your name?
2. What is your email address?

By providing an email address you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email after you submit your application. 

Documentation Checklist

Please ensure you have the following documentation ready to upload as you complete your application

Applicant Details

  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission certificate of registration of a company (if the entity is a company)
  • Certificate of registration of trading name
  • An Australian Business Registry extract
  • Trust Deed (if the entity incorporates a Trust)

Financial Viability and Insurances

  • A statement from an accountant acknowledging the financial viability of the business (if existing entity has been accredited under 12 months)
  • Public liability insurance certificate
  • Professional indemnity insurance certificate
  • Workers compensation insurance certificates (if applicable)

Note that there will be accompanying information to assist you with completing your application as you progress. You will be able to save your application and return to it at a later time. 

Any enquiries on completing the application form should be directed to the Hearing Program Management team on 1800 500 726 or hearing@health.gov.au