Technical Guidelines for preparing assessment reports for the Medical Services Advisory Committee - Service Type: Investigative

Closed 29 May 2015

Opened 15 Apr 2015


The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) is a non-statutory committee established by the Australian Government Minister for Health.  MSAC appraises new medical services proposed for public funding, and provides advice to Government about the level and quality of evidence relating to the comparative safety, clinical effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of such services.  Amendments and reviews of existing services funded by the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) or other programs (for example, blood products or screening programs) are also considered by MSAC.  

The draft Guidelines for Preparing Investigative Assessment Reports for the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) (the Investigative Guidelines) are intended to provide practical information on how to present evidence to MSAC when seeking Australian Government funding of a medical service.

Although the Investigative Guidelines have been written for applicants from the medical profession and industry, they are also intended to provide information to other interested stakeholders, including clinical and patient groups, and the general community. 

Why We Are Consulting

The draft Guidelines for Preparing Investigative Assessment Reports for the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) (the Investigative Guidelines) are being released for the purpose of public consultation and comment.
This follows the release of the Guidelines for Preparing Therapeutic Assessment Reports for the Medical Services Advisory Committee (the Therapeutic Guidelines)  which were released in November 2013 and can be found on the MSAC website ( ) with Guidelines for Consultation Services to be released at a later date. 
It is not intended that the document individually provides all the information applicants may need during the process of an MSAC assessment, only information relating to the development of a submission of evidence for assessment by the Evaluation Subcommittee (ESC) and MSAC. Additionally, some information is not intended to be included. For example:
  • Information about drafting a protocol in the pre-assessment stage of the MSAC process is not included.
  • Information about the timelines relating to the provision of a submission for consideration is not included and may be found on this website (see Committees – calendar, deadlines and agendas) or applicants may obtain this information from an application manager.
The Department of Health seeks the views of all stakeholders about the information included or where additional content may be useful to an applicant. Feedback may be provided by email to the MSAC Reform inbox (
The final date for feedback from stakeholders is 29 May 2015. Following this, comments will be reviewed and changes drafted for consideration by MSAC. 
During this consultation process, and while revisions are made, applicants may use these draft Investigative Guidelines as a source of advice when developing submissions.


  • General public


  • Medicare