Australian Government - Department of Health - Office of Hearing Services
Hearing Services Program

Schedule of Fees

The Schedule of Fees for the period of 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 is now available.

Annual indexation of fees

Under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, the GST exclusive amount for service items will be adjusted on the 1st day of each financial year, in accordance with the following indexes

  • The Wage Cost Index 1 for the majority of items, this being a weighted average of estimated movements in wage costs and underlying inflation. The resultant GST amount will be rounded to the nearest cent, and
  • The Consumer Price Index for client maintenance contributions.

Indexation of service items takes effect from 1 July each year.

Transitional impacts

Where

(a) a service is service item 630, 631, 635, 636, 640, 641, 650, 651, 655, 656, 660, 661, 760, 761, 770, 771, 820, 821, 825, 826, 830 or 831, and

(b) the date of fitting occurs prior to 1 July 2020, but the date of service occurs on or after 1 July 2020

The device prices payable are those specified under the previous Schedule of Fees, prior to 1 July 2020. The service fees payable are those specified under the Schedule of Fees under the Service Provider Contract, from 1 July 2020.

Non-standard device prices

Please refer to the Fully Subsidised Schedule of Devices for individual device pricing. The device prices can be found under the publications accordion when you are logged into the Hearing Services Online Portal.

Dispensing fee for behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids fitted

For item numbers 630, 631, 640, 641, 650, 651, 660, 661, 760, 761, 770, 771, 820, 821, 830, 831, 840, 850 and 960 only an amount added to each behind the ear hearing aid fitted is $27.40.

Payments from Clients

Annual Hearing Aid Maintenance Charge

The annual hearing aid maintenance charge collected from the Client is $47.25 ($45.00 base fee plus $2.25 GST).  This GST amount is not recorded on the claim for payment form but must be declared in your Quarterly BAS Statement for each client who makes a payment within this period. This charge is GST inclusive and is payable by the client in relation to items 630, 635, 640, 700, 710, 790, 791.  Cash transactions should be rounded to the nearest five cents ($47.25 for an annual hearing aid maintenance charge).

Replacement Fee

Where the hearing device replacement fee is not covered by items 555 or 888, the fee charged to the client is $42.20.

Claiming services

All services must fall within the voucher issue and expiry date.  Services that are provided outside of the voucher period will not be approved.  Providers are responsible in ensuring the client has a current voucher prior to services being provided through the program.

Hearing Services Program - Schedule of Fees 2020-2021

Item

Service Description

Benefit Excluding GST (Rounded)

GST Liable

GST

Total Benefit Inclusive of GST

Assessment

600 First Assessment

$143.90

$0.00

$0.00

$143.90

610 Audiological case management

$45.65

$0.00

$0.00

$45.65

800 Reassessment

$143.90

$0.00

$0.00

$143.90

810 Audiological case management

$45.65

$0.00

$0.00

$45.65

Fitting

630 Initial fitting, rehabilitation and maintenance- Monaural

$459.20

$6.30

$0.63

$459.83

640 Initial fitting, rehabilitation and maintenance- Binaural

$574.50

$19.40

$1.94

$576.44

650 Initial fitting and rehabilitation - Monaural

$446.60

$0.00

$0.00

$446.60

660 Initial fitting and rehabilitation - Binaural

$535.70

$0.00

$0.00

$535.70

760 Subsequent initial fitting, rehabilitation and maintenance

$117.60

$16.50

$1.65

$119.25

770 Subsequent initial fitting and rehabilitation

$84.60

$0.00

$0.00

$84.60

820 Refitting and rehabilitation - Monaural

$383.80

$0.00

$0.00

$383.80

830 Refitting and rehabilitation - Binaural

$381.45

$0.00

$0.00

$381.45

Note: The date of service for these item must be at least 1 week after the date of fitting.

Hearing Device Prices

Category 1 (high powered BTE)

$487.80

$0.00

$0.00

$487.80

+27.40

$515.20

Category 2 (BTE)

$461.45

$0.00

$0.00

$461.45

+27.40

$488.85

Category 3 (ITC, CIC, ITE)

$423.75

$0.00

$0.00

$423.75

BTE Additional Dispensing Fee

$27.40

$0.00

$0.00

$27.40

Hearing Services Program - Schedule of Fees 2020-2021

Item

Service Description

Benefit Excluding GST (Rounded)

GST Liable

GST

Total Benefit Inclusive of GST

Maintenance (client co-payment $47.25)

700 Maintenance and battery supply - Monaural

$74.15

$37.08

$3.71

$77.86

710 Maintenance and battery supply - Binaural

$196.50

$98.25

$9.83

$206.33

711 Relocated maintenance and battery supply - Monaural

$119.15

$59.58

$5.96

$125.11

722 Relocated maintenance and battery supply - Binaural

$241.50

$120.75

$12.08

$253.58

777 Payment of client contribution for maintenance/batteries DVA eligible clients

$45.00

$22.50

$2.25

$47.25

790 Maintenance and battery supply - Monaural (Private)

$74.15

$37.08

$3.71

$77.86

791 Maintenance and battery supply - Binaural (Private)

$196.50

$98.25

$9.83

$206.33

Note:  Where a client transfers away from you, then transfer back to you, an item 711/722 should not be claimed if a current 700/710 is still active. You will entitled to claim an item 700/710 once the current maintenance expires.

Replacements

840 Replacement of Lost/DBR Device - Monaural

$72.00

$0.00

$0.00

$72.00

850 Replacement of Lost/DBR Device - Binaural

$105.05

$0.00

$0.00

$105.05

555 Payment of Client Contribution for Exempt Clients (Manual Claim)

$42.20

$0.00

$0.00

$42.20

888 Payment of Client Contribution for Replacement for DVA Eligible Clients

$42.20

$0.00

$0.00

$42.20

Note: When a client has lost / damaged their hearing device and requires a different style of device, category / tier or an ALD, a refit is required, NOT a replacement.  The same applies to a lost / damaged ALD. 

Other

670 Rehabilitation Service

$207.95

$0.00

$0.00

$207.95

680 Rehabilitation Plus

$147.35

$0.00

$0.00

$147.35

681 Rehabilitation Plus

$73.15

$0.00

$0.00

$73.15

930 Client Review - Monaural (previously known as Aid Adjustment))

$81.10

$0.00

$0.00

$81.10

940 Client Review - Binaural (previously known as Aid Adjustment)

$125.70

$0.00

$0.00

$125.70

960 Spare Aid

$76.55

$0.00

$0.00

$76.55

900 Minor Repairs - Monaural

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

910 Minor Repairs - Binaural

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Note: The purpose of a review is to prolong the current use of hearing aid/s currently fitted to the client, therefore an item 930/940 should not be routinely claimed in instances where a refit is due to take place. 

However, if you can support a reason for a review and clearly document on the client file that sufficient services were provided, including testing, adjustments etc. on the current devices, and this was not successful requiring a move to refit then the program would accept an item 930/940 to be claimed.

Hearing Services Program - Schedule of Fees 2020-2021

Non-Follow-Up Fittings

Item

Service Description

Benefit Excluding GST (Rounded)

GST Liable

GST

Total Benefit Inclusive of GST

631 First H/Aid Fitting with a Non-Follow-Up appointment - Monaural

$229.60

$6.30

$0.63

$230.23

635 Initial fitting, rehabilitation and maintenance - Alternative Listening Device (ALD)

$206.70

$9.15

$0.92

$207.62

636 Initial Fitting ALD with a Non-Follow-Up appointment

$103.35

$9.15

$0.92

$104.27

641 First H/Aid Fitting with a Non-Follow-Up appointment - Binaural

$287.25

$19.40

$1.94

$289.19

651 First H/Aid Fitting without maintenance. with a Non-Follow-Up appointment - Monaural

$223.30

$0.00

$0.00

$223.30

655 Initial fitting and rehabilitation - ALD

$188.40

$0.00

$0.00

$188.40

656 Initial Fitting ALD without maintenance with a Non-Follow-Up appointment

$94.20

$0.00

$0.00

$94.20

661 First H/Aid Fitting without maintenance. with a Non follow u Non-Follow-Up appointment - Binaural

$267.85

$0.00

$0.00

$267.85

761 Fitting of second Hearing Aid with a Non-Follow-Up appointment

$58.80

$16.50

$1.65

$60.45

771 Fitting of second H/Aid without maintenance and Non-Follow-Up appointment

$42.30

$0.00

$0.00

$42.30

821 Refit with a Non-Follow-Up appointment - Monaural

$191.90

$0.00

$0.00

$191.90

825 Refitting and rehabilitation - ALD

$132.55

$0.00

$0.00

$132.55

826 Refit ALD with a Non-Follow-Up appointment

$66.30

$0.00

$0.00

$66.30

831 Refit with a Non-Follow-Up appointment - Binaural

$190.75

$0.00

$0.00

$190.75

Note: The date of service must match the date of fitting when submitting these items.

Hearing Services Program - Schedule of Fees 2020-2021
(Portal Submitted Payments)

Aids Returned for Credit (RFC)

Item

Service Description

Benefit Excluding GST (Rounded)

GST Liable

GST

Total Benefit Inclusive of GST

1 Aid returned for credit Monaural - initial fitting (650)

$223.30

$0.00

$0.00

$223.30

Aid returned for credit Monaural - subsequent initial fitting (770)

$42.30

$0.00

$0.00

$42.30

Aid returned for credit Monaural - refitting (820)

$191.90

$0.00

$0.00

$191.90

ALD returned for credit Monaural - initial fitting (655)

$94.20

$0.00

$0.00

$94.20

ALD returned for credit Monaural - refitting (825)

$66.30

$0.00

$0.00

$66.30

2 Aid returned for credit Binaural - initial fitting (660)

$267.85

$0.00

$0.00

$267.85

Aid returned for credit Binaural - refitting (830)

$190.75

$0.00

$0.00

$190.75

3 Dispensing Fee (BTE only)

$27.40

$0.00

$0.00

$27.40

Item 1 is when the client has been monaurally fitted and does not want the aid – the aid is returned to the manufacturer and a credit is given to the provider. The payment made is half the cost of the initial fitting of item # 650, 655, 770, 820 or 825 that does not contain the maintenance component.

Item 2 is when the client has been binaurally fitted and does not want the aid – the aids are returned to the manufacturer and a credit is given to the provider.  The payment made is half the cost of the initial fitting of item # 660 and 830 that does not contain the maintenance component.

Note: The date of service for these items must match the original fitting date of the device before they were returned when the claim is submitted.

 

Schedule of Fees 2020-2021 (PDF 780 KB)

Previous Schedule of Fees

Schedule of Fees 2020-2021 (DOC 118 KB)

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