Documents for Applicants and Assessment Groups

Page last updated: 24 May 2022

The information provided in the MSAC Guidelines is intended to inform the creation of:

  • an application form for consideration of a medical service/technology by MSAC
  • a PICO confirmation for a medical service/ technology considered by PASC
  • an applicant developed assessment report (ADAR)
  • a department contracted assessment report (DCAR)
  • a commentary on an ADAR.
The appropriate formats for presentation of these documents is provided in the templates below.

For more information on the MSAC Guidelines, and the MSAC Guidelines Review, please see the MSAC Guidelines webpage

For more information on the MSAC process, please see the MSAC Process webpage.

You can download the full MSAC Guidelines below.

Guidelines for preparing assessments for MSAC (PDF 13435 KB)
Guidelines for preparing assessments for MSAC (Word 9802 KB)

MSAC Application Form - for Applicants

An Application Form should be lodged for all requests for public funding, regardless if funding is being sought under the MBS or an alternative funding program/arrangement. An Application Form can be submitted by the medical profession, medical industry and others seeking Australian Government funding for a new medical service (or change to an existing service).

For MBS-related applications, please obtain a ‘Statement of Clinical Relevance’ from the most relevant professional medical college/society, where they succinctly state their ‘in-principle’ support for the proposed service.

The Statement of Clinical Relevance can be in the form of a simple email, from an authorised officer in the most relevant professional college/society. The email should succinctly state they support commencement of a process towards MSAC/Government consideration of a particular application. Specifically, whether the proposed service is regarded as being ‘clinically relevant’ by that sector of the Australian medical profession (i.e., is the proposed service [be it a test or treatment] regarded by the profession as being 'necessary' in the management of the medical condition).

MSAC Application Forms for MBS services or health technologies can now be lodged online through the Health Products Portal (HPP). It is optional for you to lodge your MSAC Application Form through the HPP. The existing paper MSAC Application Form (below) can continue to be used.
Functionality is initially limited to applications requesting MBS listing until further capability is developed in the HPP to support other MSAC application types, and the full MSAC process.

What can be lodged via the HPP now:

  • MSAC Application Forms for an MBS service or health technology (including PBAC or PLAC codependent applications).
What will continue to be lodged via existing processes:

  • Application Forms for non-MBS MSAC application types (for example, blood or blood-related products, NHRA high-cost highly specialised therapies etc.).
  • Assessment reports (ADARs).
  • Pre-committee responses.
For information about getting started with the Health Products Portal download the below user guides. The Health Products Portal (HPP) quick reference guides (QRGs) explain in detail how to access the HPP, manage your personal and organisation details, and prepare and lodge a submission.

Getting started in the HPP, quick reference guide (PDF 6.10MB)(Word 2.8MB)
Using the HPP, quick reference guide (PDF 4.4MB)(Word 12.6MB)
Uploading large files in the HPP, quick reference guide (PDF 849KB)(Word 1784KB)

To sign into the HPP visit Business.health.gov.au

Important information about the HPP:
  • You must have a myGovID, (an Australian Government recognised identity), linked to an organisation via Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) to access the HPP. For information on upcoming maintenance activities, please visit the MyGovID website
  • For security purposes, the inactivity timeout is set at 15 minutes from a user’s last interaction. This means that users that have not performed an interaction within the previous 15 minutes, will be logged out.
  • HPP is fully functional when accessed from recent versions of Google Chrome (version 80+) or Microsoft Edge (version 86+), on a PC running Windows 10.
For further support, please email HPP.support@health.gov.au. HPP Support also run regular webinars on how to use the HPP. Webinar dates are available here.

If you are not lodging an application form online through the Health Products Portal, the below MSAC Application Forms can still be used.

MSAC Application Form v2.4 (PDF 308 KB)
MSAC Application Form v2.4 (Word 88 KB)

In addition to the MSAC Guidelines, the Application Form Instructions can help you to complete the Application Form. For Application Forms lodged through the HPP, context help will be available within the Portal on each page of the online Form.

MSAC Application Form Instructions (PDF 494 KB)
MSAC Application Form Instructions (Word 127 KB)

Please note, completing an Application Form does not guarantee an application will continue through the MSAC process. Once submitted, an Application Form, undergoes internal assessment by the Department to determine if it is suitable to progress through the MSAC process and, if so, which pathway it will follow.

PICO Confirmation Template - for HTA Groups

The PICO Confirmation Template contains guidance for the development of a PICO confirmation. Additional guidance for the completion of this document can be found in Section 1, TG 2 – PICO, of the MSAC Guidelines.

PICO Confirmation Template (PDF 494 KB)
PICO Confirmation Template (Word 127 KB)

PICO Confirmations are prepared by a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Group with close collaboration and input from the Applicant. The PICO Confirmation is considered by the PICO Advisory Sub-Committee (PASC) of MSAC.

Assessment Reports

Assessment Reports for consideration by the MSAC Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) and MSAC can be developed by the Applicant or the Department may contract an HTA Group to develop the assessment report, in consultation with the applicant.

Applicant-Developed Assessment Report (ADAR) - for applicants

Applicants can decide to prepare their own Assessment Report. The ADAR should align with the PICO Confirmation and the MSAC Guidelines, using the ADAR template.

ADAR Assessment Report Template (PDF 1757 KB)
ADAR Assessment Report Template (Word 933 KB)

Department-Contracted Assessment Report (DCAR) - for HTA Groups

If agreed with the applicant, the Department can contract an HTA Group to prepare an Assessment Report that is aligned with the PICO confirmation and the MSAC Guidelines, using the DCAR template.

DCAR Assessment Report Template (PDF 1965 KB)
DCAR Assessment Report Template (Word 1011 KB)

ADAR Commentary- for HTA Groups

The purpose of the commentary is to critically appraise the approach taken in the ADAR and identify strengths and weaknesses in the evidence or approach used. The Commentary is prepared by the HTA Group.

ADAR Commentary (PDF 369 KB)
ADAR Commentary (Word 115 KB)

Submitting Application Forms, ADARs and DCARs

For guidance on lodgement dates for each document to their respective meeting, please see the meeting calendars on the MSAC Website.

Application Forms

The HTA Team processes applications after the MSAC application lodgement cut-off date. These can be found on the MSAC website, under the Dates for Applicants.

If not lodging your Application through the online Health Products Portal, please submit completed Application Forms to the HTA Team via email: HTA@health.gov.au.

To sign into the HPP visit Business.health.gov.au

Important information about the HPP:
  • You must have a myGovID, (an Australian Government recognised identity), linked to an organisation via Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) to access the HPP. For information on upcoming maintenance activities, please visit the MyGovID website.
  • For security purposes, the inactivity timeout is set at 15 minutes from a user’s last interaction. This means that users that have not performed an interaction within the previous 15 minutes, will be logged out.
  • HPP is fully functional when accessed from recent versions of Google Chrome (version 80+) or Microsoft Edge (version 86+), on a PC running Windows 10.
For further support, please email HPP.support@health.gov.au.

ADARs

Please note, prior to lodgement of an ADAR it is necessary for you to have submitted an MSAC Application Form and been found suitable to enter the MSAC process.

ADARs are lodged with the Department via GovTEAMS. Applicants are required to notify the Department of their intent to lodge an ADAR and provide the names and email addresses of people who will need access to GovTEAMS. Once a notification is received, the Department will invite the nominated individuals to join a GovTEAMS community and provide instructions on how to upload the ADAR. Notification of intent to submit an ADAR also facilitates timely progress of the ADAR to the relevant MSAC meeting as it allows the Department to commence contracting a commentary on the ADAR.

The notification deadline (and ADAR submission deadline) is available on the PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates webpage. Applicants wishing to submit an ADAR should email HTAsupportunit@health.gov.au no later than the notification deadline specified for the MSAC meeting at which you would like your ADAR considered. Please include your application number and the words ‘ADAR Notification’ in the email subject line and provide the names and email addresses of people that will require access to the GovTEAMS community.
If you are lodging an integrated codependent submission to MSAC and PBAC, please lodge according to the timings and process available on the PBS website.

DCAR

Please note, prior to commencement of a DCAR, it is necessary for you to have submitted an MSAC Application Form and been found suitable to enter the MSAC process.

As DCARs are prepared by HTA Groups, it is not necessary for you to lodge an Assessment Report. However, it is necessary to notify the Department that you would like a DCAR to be developed according to the Notification Deadlines found on the PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates webpage

Please notify the MSAC Secretariat via email at MSAC.Secretariat@health.gov.au

Consultation Survey Template

MSAC conducts targeted and public consultation on applications for public funding found suitable to progress through the MSAC process. To facilitate public consultation, a copy of the MSAC Application Form is published on each MSAC Application webpage, along with a PICO Confirmation (when available). MSAC welcomes consultation input from organisations and individuals with an interest in an application (including from health professionals and consumers with lived experience of the medical conditions, technologies, or services addressed by the application). For information on the MSAC consultation process, including how to provide consultation input and how input is shared and used, please see the MSAC Consultation Process page. Deadlines for submission of consultation feedback for each PASC and MSAC meeting are available on the PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates webpage.

A consultation survey form is downloadable from the MSAC application webpage and, when completed, should be emailed to: commentsMSAC@health.gov.au. The generic consultation survey template can also be downloaded below.

Consultation Survey - PDF 207 KB
Consultation Survey - Word 70 KB