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Stage 2 PBS Process Improvements and revised cost recovery arrangements - Information Forum

Page last updated: 23 November 2020

The Department of Health will host a webinar on 7 December 2020, to launch Stage 2 changes ahead of implementation on 1 January 2021.

The Department strongly encourages all stakeholders with an interest in the PBAC/PBS listing process to attend. In particular, applicants intending to lodge a submission for consideration; or with a submission being considered at the March 2021 PBAC meeting should attend this webinar.

This webinar builds on the last webinar held on 21 September 2020, on Stage 2 PBS process improvements and revised cost recovery arrangements.

There will be a live Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. The webinar recording will be available after the webinar.

Webinar Details

Date:  7 December 2020

Time:   10am to 12 noon

RSVP:   Please register to confirm your attendance.

Following the webinar, any questions can be sent 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 webinar builds on the 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.

The 2020-21 Federal Budget provided Government approval to implement Stage 2 PBS process improvements from 1 January 2021.