Release of exposure draft legislation for Healthcare Identifiers

Further consultation on legislative proposals for healthcare identifiers, including the release of exposure draft legislation was undertaken between 20 November 2009 and 7 January 2010. Please note, consultation has now closed.

Page last updated: 14 March 2012

On 13 November 2009, Health Ministers affirmed their commitment to the introduction of a national healthcare identifiers system in 2010 and agreed to further consultation on legislative proposals for healthcare identifiers.

A copy of the communiqué (PDF 140 KB) is available.

The Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon. Nicola Roxon announced the release of an exposure draft of the Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010 for public comment.

A copy of the media release, exposure draft legislation (PDF 53 KB) and release note (PDF 45 KB) is available.

The exposure draft legislation should be read in conjunction with the publication, Building the foundations for an e-health future: update on legislative proposals for healthcare identifiers (PDF 966KB).

Public consultation on the revised legislative proposals for healthcare identifiers has now closed. Submissions on the exposure draft legislation consultation, with permission of the authors are now available.

For assistance or to obtain a hard copy of any of the materials mentioned above, please contact the Department of Health and Ageing’s eHealth Branch on 02 6289 3919 or email