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 lists both consultations and invitations to make submissions which are relevant to health and medical research and/or health and innovation policy in Australia. Research Australia updates this regularly but we may not participate in every one listed.

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 via email or phone (03) 9662 9420.

Please click the heading in the left hand column to access consultation information from the relevant website.

Consultation Details

TGA Consultation- Regulation of In Vitro Companion Diagnostics


Due 5 December

The TGA is currently undertaking a consultation on a new approach to regulating In Vitro Companion Diagnostics, (IVD CDx) increasingly being used with precision therapies. A key question is whether the IVD CDx should be evaluated together with the therapy it is designed to work with.

A consultation paper is available on the TGA website.

Temporary Skilled Visas


Due 14 December

The Senate is conducting an Inquiry into temporary skilled working visas.

Changes made to existing temporary skilled working visas last years caused considerable problems for the MTP sector, which relies on temporary visas to being existing overseas employees to Australia on secondment and to fill highly specialised roles here in Australia.

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee is now taking submissions and is due to report in March 2019.

Draft IP Regulations


Due 21 December

IP Australia has released draft regulations for public comment. These regulations are part of the of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements, and accompany a new draft Bill which was the subject of consultation earlier this year.

The Bill and associated regulations aim to streamline processes and make it easier to apply for and maintain IP rights.