9.4 Facilitated Resolution Workshop

Where the applicant has accepted the PBAC’s nomination for a Facilitated Resolution Pathway, details of the workshop will be advised electronically by the department. Facilitated Resolution Workshop dates are scheduled on a case-by-case basis.

The workshop provides an applicant with the opportunity to meet with one or more members of the PBAC to explore feasible options to address the issues identified by the PBAC in the Minutes.

The workshop agenda will be based on the issues for resolution outlined in the PBAC Minutes. This can be further clarified during the post-PBAC meeting with the Chair. Applicants must provide supporting material at least five business days prior to the workshop to support discussion. This includes the Facilitated Resolution Pathway Workshop Briefing Paper. All agenda and supporting material are treated as in‑confidence until the standard PSD redaction rules apply (refer Section 7.4 Public Summary Documents).

Applicants should note the following:

  • Workshops will be a maximum of 3 hours in duration.
  • Workshop attendees should be discussed and agreed at the post-PBAC meeting with the Chair. The applicant must ensure at least one attendee has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the company as a whole regarding the feasibility of any option(s) being explored to address PBAC’s issues for resolution (in accordance with the workshop agenda).
  • An applicant’s decision to participate in a workshop does not influence the PBAC’s considerations of the submission, and does not guarantee that the submission will result in a PBAC recommendation.
  • Any advice provided by members of the PBAC, the applicant or the department in a workshop is in no way binding on the PBAC, the department, applicant, evaluation groups or sub-committees of the PBAC.
  • Applicants must form their own judgments about how to use the explorations of the workshop and any advice provided during this workshop in the development of the submission.
  • It is recommended that all applicants, including those that have attended a Facilitated Resolution Pathway workshop, should consult the PBAC Guidelines when preparing their submission.

The record of the workshop outcomes is the responsibility of the applicant and must be completed using the template provided by the department. This record should capture the developments of the workshop on each of the matters identified for discussion by the PBAC in its Minutes.

Applicants are required to return this record to the department within 10 business days following the workshop. The department will review the record, and confirm the main discussion points or provide information about discrepancies within 10 business days of receipt. The record will then be considered final. Applicants should note that the department’s response to the record remains non‑binding, and that the record is not an opportunity to seek additional advice.


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