Current Consultations

Research Australia regularly contributes to the policy discussions on issues pertinent to Health and Medical Research. This can be through submissions or participating in consultations.

The following list is of consultations and invitations to make submissions which are relevant to health and medical research and/or health policy in Australia. Research Australia may not participate in every one however the list is updated regularly.

If you would like more information or you are aware of other consultations that should be included, please contact Greg Mullins, Head of Policy, Research Australia at greg.mullins@researchaustralia.org or on (03) 9662 9420.

Consultation Details
TGA CONSULTATION: REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINES

Due 28 March

The TGA is itself undertaking two consultations in relation to its operations arising from the Sansom Review. The first relates to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines, including:

·       the development of a three-tiered risk-based framework for their regulation;

·       a list of permitted indications which must be used by the lowest risk complementary medicines;

·       allowing sponsors to claim that their medicine has been assessed by the TGA for efficacy where that medicine has undergone pre-market assessment by the TGA; and

·       mechanisms to incentivise innovation for the complementary medicines sector.

Submissions can be made until 28 March.

 

TGA CONSULTATION: IMPROVING ACCESS TO UNAPPROVED THERAPEUTIC GOODS

 

Due 29 March

The second TGA consultation involves proposals to improve access to unapproved therapeutic goods via changes to the Special Access Scheme and the Authorised Prescriber Scheme, with the aims of decreasing duplication and streamlining access to unapproved therapeutic goods which are considered to have an established history of use.
FUNDING FOR RESEARCH INTO CANCERS WITH LOW SURVIVAL RATES 

 

Due 31 March

The Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates will inquire and report on the impact of health research funding models on the availability of funding for research into cancers with low survival rates.
ATO ADVICE ON SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Due 31 March

 

The paper from the ATO discusses the exemption from taxation for amounts paid as a scholarship, bursary, educational allowance or educational assistance.

Scholarships paid to a full-time student at a school, college or university are exempt from taxation, subject to specific exceptions and conditions (herein referred to as the scholarship exemption).

There is no general statement of the ATO view on the application of the scholarship exemption; historically the main form of providing advice has been by way of class ruling applying to a specific class of participants for a particular scholarship scheme.

The ATO is reviewing this approach to providing advice, and considering general public advice clearly explaining the ATO view.

ADOPTION OF EU GUIDELINES IN AUSTRALIA

 Due 18 APRIL

Several EU guidelines recommended for adoption or non-adoption by the TGA are open for comment on whether they should be adopted in Australia.