Our funding sources

Hear and Say is a charity and must raise the funds required to help every child in its program. It costs Hear and Say on average $10,000+ each year for up to six years to fill the funding gaps so that we can assist one child in the early intervention program. The first year the cost is much higher at approx. $25,000 as the child and family require more intensive support.


Hear and Say funding sources are broken down into the following main categories:

  • 30% collectively from Queensland Health Grant; Department of Education, Training and Employment Grant and Disability Services Queensland Grant.
  • 60% sourced from donations including fundraising events and activities, non government grants, trust funds, community service groups, corporate partners and other support.
  • 10% is sourced from our family Co-payment, Federal Government Better Start and Medicare Levy.

Better Start and NDIS

Better Start is a children with disability initiative which provides funding for early intervention services. Children eligible for the Better Start program include children who are deaf or have a level of hearing loss who meet the eligibility threshold.


Better Start will be replaced with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July 2016 when it will roll out across Australia including initial test sites in Townsville, Charters Towers and Palm Island in Queensland. We encourage our families to become familiar with the NDIS by subscribing to their regular e-news updates and on our website.  Find out more about Hear and Say and NDIS here. Please contact us if you have any questions on 07 3850 2111 or email us here.


The Co-payment

All of our Hear and Say families are asked to contribute a sum of money each year to assist with providing the services required for their child. This contribution although small in terms of the overall cost to assist each child is an important funding source over and beyond what is received from State and Federal Government and other funding sources. Click to read more details regarding the co-payment.

Donors and Supporters

Without the generosity or our corporate partners, individual donors and supporters, and the support of the wider community across Queensland, Hear and Say would not be able to continue to keep its doors open. We are indebted to these people and organisations.


Hear and Say Charity Status

Hear and Say is incorporated under Corporations Law as a Company limited by Guarantee. It is a charity registered in Queensland and in most other states and is recognised as a Public Benevolent Institution. It maintains Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status enabling it to provide tax deductible receipts to donors and enjoys a number of other entitlements from Commonwealth, State and Local governments as a recognised charity.


Hear and Say ABN 32 058 430 069


We are indebted to everyone who over the last 24 years has helped Hear and Say to teach deaf children to hear, listen and speak.