Consultation Hub

Welcome to the Consultation Hub. This site will help you find, share and participate in consultations that interest you. Below you will find links to the consultations we are currently running.

Alternatively you may search for consultations by keyword, interest or status.  Once finalised, decisions will be published under Closed Consultations.

Open Consultations

  • Public consultation on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard - March 2021 ACMS/ACCS meetings

    Scheduling amendments referred to expert advisory committee This pre-meeting consultation is for applications and delegate initiated proposals to amend the scheduling in the Poisons Standard for certain substances. The scheduling amendments and any submissions received will be... More

    Closes 27 January 2021

  • Potential reforms to medicinal cannabis manufacturing, labelling and packaging requirements

    The Department of Health through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is seeking comments from interested parties on a review of the regulatory processes for the manufacturing, labelling and packaging of medicinal cannabis products. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is... More

    Closes 29 January 2021

  • Voluntary Indigenous Identifier Framework

    Since 2002, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been able to have their status recorded confidentially on a database called the Voluntary Indigenous Identifier (VII). The VII is primarily used to estimate use of the Medicare Benefits Scheme by Aboriginal and Torres Strait... More

    Closes 31 January 2021

  • Consultation paper: Private health insurance reforms – second wave - December 2020

    On 6 October 2020, the Australian Government announced the second wave of reforms to private health insurance with the aim of improving the affordability, value, and attractiveness of private health insurance, particularly for younger Australians [Budget Paper No.2 - Budget Measure: Supporting... More

    Closes 8 February 2021

  • Productivity Commission Report on Mental Health

    The Australian Government welcomes the Productivity Commission (PC) Inquiry Report on Mental Health. It provides 21 recommendations with 103 associated actions spanning five key themes: prevention and early help for people; improve people’s experiences with mental... More

    Closes 10 February 2021

Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Public consultation on the Delegate’s interim decision on nicotine scheduling was held between 23 September and 12 November. The interim decision and public consultation relate to a delegate-initiated proposal referred to the June 2020 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines and Chemicals Scheduling in joint session (Joint ACMS-ACCS #25).

You said

We received 2385 submissions in response to the public consultation, including seven submissions that were received offline. Respondents provided feedback on the proposed changes to the Poisons Standard. We appreciate all of the feedback that we received.

We did

The Delegate considered all submissions prior to making the final decision on nicotine scheduling. The final decision was published on 21 December 2020 on the TGA website.

We asked

We asked for your feedback on the new ARPANSA Standard for Limiting Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields – 100 KHz to 300 GHz (RPS S-1) because we want to make sure that the standard is fit for purpose and provides clear guidance to industries and regulators to ensure the safety of Australian workers and the general public including people of all ages and health status.

You said

We received 61 submissions from a range of stakeholders, including health authorities, scientists, academic bodies and members of the general public. There were a range of technical comments, questions, and suggestions, as well as comments from members of the public expressing concern about the certainty of the science underpinning the exposure limits.

We did

We have reviewed all submissions and made some amendments, primarily to clarify technical aspects of the Standard. The revised Standard and our responses to individual consultation comments will now undergo formal approvals prior to publication.  

The new Standard will be published on the ARPANSA website in the first quarter of 2021.

We asked

Public consultation on the Delegate’s interim decisions, in relation to scheduling proposals referred to the June 2020 meetings of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) and the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS), was held between 9 September 2020 and 13 October 2020.

You said

We received 41 submissions in response to the consultation. Respondents provided feedback on the proposed changes to the Poisons Standard. We appreciate all of the feedback we received.

We did

The Delegate considered all submissions in making the final decision on these proposals.

Final decisions regarding oxymetazoline, eletriptan, clotrimazole, sildenafil, ibuprofen and cumyl-pegaclone were published on 25 November 2020.

The final decision for cannabidiol (private application and delegate initiated) was published on 15 December 2020.