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PBS Process Improvements Webinar Information Forum

Page last updated: 3 February 2020

The Department of Health will be hosting a webinar on 12 February 2020 to commence consultations on the proposed cost recovery arrangements which, pending final government approvals, would apply from 1 July 2020.

The webinar will include the 2018-19 CRIS Outcome and outline cost recovery arrangements that support planned Stage 2 process improvements resulting from the Commonwealth – Medicines Australia Strategic Agreement including transition arrangements into 2020-21.

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

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Time: 10:00am – 11.30am
RSVP: Please register to confirm your attendance.

Following the webinar, consultation papers will be available on the PBS website. Public consultation will be open from 14 February 2020 to 6 March 2020. 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 and revised cost recovery arrangements 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.