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Health Products Portal - Webinars

Page last updated: 26 September 2019

The Department of Health (the Department) has been working to digitise and simplify the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) submission processes, with a particular focus on applications to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).

The Health Products Portal (HPP) Program is a multi-year program of work in the Department. The program vision is to provide a single, secure and easy to use online portal where Industry can interact with the Department to apply, track, pay, and manage listings for regulated and subsidised health related products and services.

The technology delivering the portal aligns with Australian Government strategies on digital transformation; it utilises Australian Government identity services. The IT development process also aligns with Government digital transformation strategies, and Industry has been involved in consultation and testing activities as part of the user-centric design approach.

The current focus of development activity is support for Industry to draft and lodge Major and Minor submissions to the PBAC, for new or changed PBS listings. To date, the Department has developed functionality allowing sponsors (or their agents) to complete the following tasks within the portal:

  • register and manage users,
  • register and manager companies /entities, and
  • apply to list new items, or change existing items, on the PBS via submissions to the PBAC.

The Department will be hosting a series of webinars throughout September, October and November to provide demonstrations of the HPP and offer an opportunity for feedback and questions. The webinar Schedule is available on the PBS website. Written summaries of all webinars will be published on the website following the webinars.