Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

Applying to MSAC

Application processes for items under consideration by MSAC

MSAC Application Form

Please contact the HTA Team on (02) 6289 7550 for a copy of the current documentation.

Overview of the Process - Fact Sheet

MSAC Fact Sheet (PDF 27 KB)
MSAC Fact Sheet (Word 507 KB)

Who can apply?

Applications can be made by the medical profession, medical industry and others with an interest in seeking Australian government funding for a new medical service or change to an existing service.

When can you apply

The meeting dates for MSAC and its subcommittees are available on the Committees - calendar, deadlines and agendas page and includes key documentation dates for the Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee (PASC) and Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC).
These have been aligned with PBAC meeting dates.

How to apply

Please provide the application form, confirm lobbyist status and provide a letter of support from the associated professional body. Initial meetings with the Department are no longer mandatory. If you would like to have an initial meeting, please complete the application form provided by the HTA Team as the Department will need to consult with various areas of the Department to prepare for this meeting.

Applicant requested withdrawals from the MSAC process

An applicant may request that its application to MSAC be withdrawn at any time.
Applicants should note that where MSAC has completed its considerations of an application and the applicant seeks to withdraw that application:
a) following consultation with the applicant, the outcomes, recommendations and/or advice of MSAC will either be withheld or published in whole or in part; and
b) the advice of MSAC pertaining to the application may be provided to Government.


It is accepted that documents submitted throughout the MSAC process may contain information the applicant believes is confidential.
However these claims will be agreed by the department on a case by case basis, in line with current government policies (these include, but are not limited to, statistical data and positions of trust classifications).
In any claim for confidentiality the applicant will be asked to state the basis on which the claim for confidentiality is being made. Further information on the relevant government policies is available at Australian Governments Solicitors- Legal Briefing - number 64 - "Identifying and Protecting Confidential Information" webpage.

Other Information

How to apply for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

How to apply for listing on the Prostheses List

How to apply for listing where you think you may have a co-dependent technologies

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