The QCA published its Final Report on Price Disparities for Disability Aids and Equipment on 14 March 2014.
The QCA identified significant price differences for aids and equipment both within Australia and between Australia and overseas internet sources. A material portion of the difference in Australian and overseas prices can be explained by the high cost economic environment in Australia and higher costs associated with serving a smaller market.
We found that price disparities are not due to any single issue and conditions are unlikely to exist for the sustained use of market power to significantly increase prices.
The Report makes recommendations to State Government to improve government programs, encourage greater competition and put downward pressure on prices.