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Public Consultation – PBS Process Improvements Stage 1

Page last updated: 19 June 2019

On 14 June 2019, the Department of Health held a PBS Process Improvements Webinar Information Forum.

This session outlined the process improvements and cost recovery changes that will apply from 1 July 2019.

If you did not register for the webinar information forum before 14 June 2019 and would like to view the information forum, please register here.

If you have any questions please email PBS Improvements.


The Australian Government signed a five year Strategic Agreement with Medicines Australia committing to a viable medicines sector in Australia and a sustainable Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (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 shared commitment under the Strategic Agreement to improve the transparency, timeliness and efficiency of PBS listing processes. Changes will ensure that Australians continue to receive timely and affordable access to necessary medicines.

This is the third webinar on changes. The first webinar was held on 1 March 2019 and covered Intent to Apply and pre‑submission meetings. The second webinar was held on 4 April and covered Positive Recommendation Pathways and the Medicine Status Website. Future webinars will be held to ensure industry, consumers and clinicians are kept up to date.