Review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program - Questions and Feedback

Closed 20 Jun 2022

Opened 6 Apr 2022


The Australian Government’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program invites eligible Australians aged between 50 to 74 years to screen every two years using a free and simple screening test. The Program aims to reduce deaths from bowel cancer by detecting early signs of the disease.

In 2020, the Department of Health commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an independent review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. A Review Report has now been finalised and the Department is inviting your feedback on its findings. The Review Report can be found here: NBCSP Review Report.

The Review Report identifies opportunities in five key focus areas: appropriateness of the Program; appropriateness of colonoscopy; governance; data collection and participation.

The Department has prepared a short Consultation Paper which contains the findings from the Report and a series of discussion prompts to help gather targeted feedback. Responses are not limited to the discussion prompts and additional relevant information is welcome. Wherever possible, please provide facts and/or data to support your views.

Consultation Information

You are invited to provide a written submission (no more than 1500 words) via the Consultation Hub.

Consultation is now open and submissions close at 11:59 AEST, Friday 17 June 2022.

Note that all submissions will be made publicly available. If you do not wish your submission to be published, please indicate this in the submission.

If you have any questions about the consultation process, please contact

Why your views matter

Your feedback is valued and will be important in informing any future direction of the Program.

What happens next

Your responses to the review findings will be considered by the Department of Health to inform any future direction of the Program. The outcome of the Review will be published through a written response to be published on the Department of Health’s consultation website.


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