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Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Guidelines

Page last updated: 12 October 2016

The PBAC has endorsed version 5.0 of their guidelines, which are now available on the PBAC website.

Whilst submissions to the PBAC will now need to follow the guidance provided in the PBAC Guidelines version 5.0, the PBAC has approved a transitional arrangement of two PBAC cycles in regard to the structure of submissions. That is, submissions to the PBAC for consideration at either the March or July 2017 PBAC meetings may follow the structure of either version 4.5 or version 5.0 of the PBAC Guidelines. Submissions for consideration at the November 2017 meeting must follow the structure of version 5.0 of the PBAC Guidelines.

Associated documents

The newly developed Procedure guidance for listing medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is also available on the PBS website to assist with the PBAC submissions.

It is anticipated that the Section 4 spreadsheets will be published on the PBAC website in the near future.

Education workshops

The Department has arranged education workshops for industry organisations who will be making a PBAC submission using version 5.0 of the PBAC Guidelines. The workshops will promote a common understanding and interpretation of the guidance.

A total of five workshops are available - three in Sydney (14th, 19th and 20th October 2016) and two in Melbourne (17th and 24th October 2016). Each workshop will be held from 9.30am-4.45pm.

  • Sydney venue: The Epping Club, 45-47 Rawson Street, Epping
  • Melbourne venue: Karstens Conference Centre, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne

The workshops will be presented by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment and facilitated by ARCS Australia and will:

  • provide an overview of the structural and content changes between version 4.5 and version 5.0 of the PBAC Guidelines
  • discuss key areas of the guidelines and provide worked examples
  • advise on where to put relevant information when preparing a submission
  • discuss approaches that can be taken when presenting the information
  • discuss submissions for codependent technologies
  • explain the structure and use of the Section 4 workbook.

To register for attendance at one of the workshops, please provide your details through the registration page on the ARCS Australia website.

It is anticipated that education workshops for evaluators of PBAC submissions will be held in early 2017. Information on these workshops will be published on the PBAC Guidelines Review webpage when available.

Further information about the PBAC Guidelines Review is available on the PBAC Guidelines Review webpage.