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Public servants access to ‘top up ‘ hearing aids

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From: Geoff Griffiths

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Dear Comcare,

Please provide statistics in 2018 on Public Servants and Government contractors access to ‘ ‘top up ‘ hearing aid through SRCA / Comcare . This was recently rejected for Arthur Jordon a Veteran in NSW .
We are seeking this information , I believe from a Comcare Director that 20 public servants were approved top ups in 2018 . These are hearing aids above the free to client range .

Thank you

Geoff Griffiths 0417015180. Veteran

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Griffiths

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Dear Mr Griffiths,

 

Thank you for your email of 12 February 2019 seeking access under the
Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act) to the following:

 

‘statistics in 2018 on Public Servants and Government contractors access
to ‘ ‘top up ‘ hearing aid through SRCA / Comcare’.

 

During our telephone conversation on 20 February 2019, we discussed that
data cannot be extracted from Comcare systems to provide this information.
You agreed to revise your scope to the following:

 

Data showing amounts paid to claimants, related to hearing aids, devices
or instruments for the 2017/2018 financial year.

 

Could you please confirm by reply email, that you would like to proceed
with the request, based on the revised scope above.

 

Your request has been assigned reference number 2019/1555 and you are
asked to cite that number in any communication you have with Comcare
concerning the request. Information on processing of your request is set
out below.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

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Comcare

1300 366 979 | [2][Comcare request email]

GPO Box 9905, Canberra, ACT, 2601 | [3]www.comcare.gov.au

 

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