National inquiry into hearing health and wellbeing – Break the Sound Barrier

National inquiry into hearing health and wellbeing

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Here’s what you need to know

  • Any person or organisation can make a submission before 23 December, 2016.
  • Submissions must refer to at least one of the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference. These are the questions you are invited to answer in your submission.
    • download a Cover Letter and Submissions template. If you are lodging your submission electronically, be sure to make your cover letter separate to the submission paper.
    • Submissions can be lodged electronically in Microsoft Word, PDF or plain text format; as a video; and also by post.
  • Submissions must be made by Friday 23 December 2016.

An opportunity for change

A significant percentage of Australians experience hearing loss and its related educational, social and economic impacts.

We must make sure people with hearing health and wellbeing issues are included and heard by all levels of government.

The first step is to make Hearing Health and Wellbeing a National Health Priority.

This will direct more funding for services, investment in research and better community education. With one in six Australians affected, there are over 3.5 million Australians who would benefit.

How to make a submission

Download a Cover Letter and Submissions template.

Deafness Forum has a range of research reports that may help. Visit the Knowledge Centre.

The following is a summary of information on the committee website.


Who can make a submission?

Any person or organisation can make a submission.

Download a Cover Letter and Submissions template.

What should be in a submission?

There is no set format for a submission. They can be in the form of a letter, a short document or a more substantial paper; or in audio visual format.

But you do need to address at least one of the Terms of Reference.

It must include the name, postal or email address, and contact telephone number of the person or organisation making the submission. Contact details are not published but will help the Committee to contact you if they need to.

Publication of submissions

Once a submission is lodged you cannot publish or share it with others until the Committee has published it on its website.

To protect your privacy, you should include any personal information only in a covering letter or through your My Parliament lodgement (see How to lodge a submission below), but not in the body of your submission.

You should contact the Committee secretariat if you are considering lodging a submission that you wish to remain confidential, either in whole or in part. Phone: 02 6277 4145, email

How to lodge a submission

Deadline, Friday 23 December 2016.

Lodge your submission by filling out the form on this page.

Or you can lodge your submission in an email to It might take up to a week for it to appear on the committee website.

You can also lodge a submission online via a My Parliament login. This will ensure your submission is lodged soon after it is received. For first time submitters, this will require you to create a My Parliament account.

Submissions can be uploaded in Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF) or plain text format; or even a video.

If you are lodging a written submission by email or My Parliament, have your cover letter and submission as separate papers.

Submissions can be made by post to: The Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport. PO Box 6021 Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600.

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The Government has opened a National Inquiry into Hearing Health and Wellbeing

Your submission

Step 1: Download the submission template

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Step 2: Fill out the submission template

Read the instructions on this page on how to write a submission. We want as many people to make submissions as possible.

Step 3: Send your submission using the form below

Fill in the details and attach the submission form to send an email directly to the committee.

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