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

Reform of Qld Biodiscovery Act


Due 15 February

The Qld Government is investigating options for reform of the Qld Biodiscovery Act, which currently regulates how Qld native biological material can be sued and commercialised. Response are sought to an options paper.

Implementing strategies for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

Due 22 February

The five National Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategies set the direction for Australia’s continuing response to BBV and STI from 2018 to 2022.

Together, the strategies outline a framework for a high quality and coordinated national response to BBV and STI in Australia.

The Department of Health is now consulting on the implementation plans for these strategies.

Review of the AQF 


Due 15 March

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training.

In the 2017-18 budget, the Australian Government announced a review of the AQF, to ‘ensure that the framework continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community.’

An expert panel has now been appointed and has released a discussion paper as part of the first stage of the review.

Regulation of Medical Devices


Due various dates through to 31 March

The TGA is undertaking a number of targeted consultations into different aspects for the regulation of medical devices, including unique identifiers, software as a medical device and personalised medical devices (including 3D printed devices.


Mental Health Inquiry


Due 5 April

The Productivity Commission has been asked to examine the effect of mental health on people’s ability to participate in and prosper in the community and workplace, and the effects it has more generally on our economy and productivity.

An issues paper has been released and feedback is being sought as part of the first stage of the Commission’s Inquiry.