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 consultations and invitations to make submissions which are relevant to health and medical research and/or health and innovation 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
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

Due 17 November 2017

IP Australia has opened public consultation on five IP policy matters:
·      Inventive Step
·      Objects Clause for the Act
·      Crown use of patents
·      Compulsory licensing of patents
·      Divisional applications for international trademarkThe legislative amendments relating to these issues are proposed for inclusion in a Bill intended for introduction to Parliament in 2018 (following drafting and proposed further consultation on an Exposure Draft of the amendments).
DIGITAL ECONOMY STRATEGY

 Due 30 November 2017

 

The Australian Government is undertaking a consultation process to support the development of a Digital Economy Strategy to guide Australia’s future development.

The Strategy will explore topics including digital infrastructure, digital business capability, and building digital skills and inclusion. It will consider:
· How we can drive productivity;
· How we develop world-leading digital businesses; and
· How we can empower all Australians with the skills and confidence to succeed in a digital economy.

The health sector is frequently regarded as ripe for digital disruption, and the Strategy provides an opportunity for Australian innovators to play a more active role in this global sector. The digital economy also has implications for our health and medical research and innovation sectors, not only in how they interact with the health system, but also in shaping how research, experimentation and innovation are practised. The Strategy is an opportunity to place these at the centre of future policy development.

NHMRC PEER REVIEW CONSULTATION

 Due 4 December 2017

The NHMRC is seeking feedback from the health and medical research community on peer review processes for the new grant program being introduced in response to the Structural Review of NHMRC Grant Programs.

In addition to a series of public consultations being conducted around Australia, the NHMRC has released a consultation paper.

Submissions can be provided on the NHMRC website, as responses to a series of consultation questions.

FEDERAL BUDGET

Due 15 December 2017

The Government is inviting submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget.

Further information on how to lodge submissions is available on the Treasury website. (Submissions and attachments can be uploaded in RTF or Word Format, and can be accompanied by a PDF version.