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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Process Improvements Webinar Information Forum

Page last updated: 27 March 2019

The Department of Health will be hosting a webinar on 5 April 2019 to provide industry, consumers and clinicians with additional information on Stage 1 of PBS process improvements.

The session will provide an overview of the changes that will take place, including information on the Positive Recommendation Pathways and other new processes which will apply from 1 July 2019.

There will be a live Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. The webinar, procedure guidance and relevant documents will be made available online from 8 April to 22 April 2019.  

Following the webinar, any comment and feedback can be sent to PBSImprovements@health.gov.au up until 22 April 2019.

Date: 5 April 2019
Time: 12pm – 1.30pm

RSVP: please register to confirm your attendance.


The Australian Government signed a five year Strategic Agreement with Medicines Australia committing to a viable medicines sector in Australia and a sustainable PBS.

The Department of Health and Medicines Australia have been working since late 2017 to deliver on commitments to streamline medicines listing processes and revise cost recovery arrangements as set out under Clause 10 of the Strategic Agreement.

Improved processes and revised cost recovery arrangements support the Government’s commitment under the Strategic Agreement to improve the transparency, timeliness and efficiency of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing processes. Changes will ensure that Australians continue to receive timely and affordable access to necessary medicines.

This is the second webinar on changes. The first webinar was held on 1 March 2019 and covered changes to Intent to Apply and pre-submission meetings. Future webinars will be held to ensure industry is kept up to date on proposals for changes and as changes are introduced.