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PBS Process Improvements Information Forum

Page last updated: 7 November 2019

The Department of Health will be hosting a webinar on 21 November 2019 to commence consultations on:

  • Stage 2 PBS process improvements, including initial submission categories and resubmission pathways; and
  • Draft Procedure Guidance for the standardised redaction of Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Public Summary Documents (PSDs).

There will be a live Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar.

Webinar Details

Date:   Thursday, 21 November 2019

Time:   2:00pm – 3:30pm

RSVP:  Please register to confirm your attendance.

Following the webinar, the consultation papers for the Stage 2 process improvements and draft PSD Procedure Guidance will be available on the PBS website. Public consultation will be open from 27 November to COB 16 December 2019. Please submit your comments and feedback to PBSImprovements@health.gov.au.


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 support the Government’s commitment under the strategic agreement to improve the transparency, timeliness and efficiency of the pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing processes. Changes will ensure that Australians continue to receive timely and affordable access to necessary medicines.

This is the sixth webinar in a series of information forums that will help to ensure industry, consumers and clinicians are up to date on PBS process improvements and associated changes.