Cost Recovery - Consultation Feedback
Page last updated: 28 April 2020
On 12 February 2020, the department hosted a webinar to commence broad consultation on proposed fee changes for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and National Immunisation Plan (NIP) listings. This was followed by a public consultation period from 17 February to 16 March 2020. Thank you to those who provided submissions. As outlined at the webinar and in the consultation document, Stage 2 PBS process improvements and supporting cost recovery arrangements were to be implemented from 1 July, pending Government agreement. The current covid-19 pandemic may impact the government approval of Stage 2 PBS process improvements and supporting cost recovery arrangements and a 1 July 2020 implementation date is now unlikely. As a result, applicants should be prepared for the current processes and the 2020-21 fees indicated in the 2019-20 Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) and the Regulations, pending government approval of some minor amendments, to commence from 1 July 2020. These proposed 2020-21 fees were included in consultations last year. A 2020-21 CRIS, which will outline the fees to apply from 1 July 2020 will be released as soon as possible.