Public notification of meetings between the Australian Government Department of Health and the Tobacco Industry

Notification about the meetings between the Australian Government Department of Health and the tobacco industry to the public

Page last updated: 28 February 2017

Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires Parties, in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, to act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.

The Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 (the Guidelines) were adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2008 to assist Parties in meeting this obligation.

The purpose of the Guidelines is to ensure that efforts to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry are comprehensive and effective, recognising that that there is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests. Key recommendations include that Parties should interact with the tobacco industry only when and to the extent strictly necessary to enable effective regulation of the tobacco industry and tobacco products, and that any necessary interactions should be conducted transparently.

Consistent with the Guidelines, the Australian Government Department of Health wishes to advise that the following meetings have been conducted with the tobacco industry:

2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009

2016

6 October 2016 - Meeting between Department of Health representatives and British American Tobacco Australasia

Issues Discussed
  • Tobacco Plain Packaging requirements, compliance matters and graphic health warnings.

7 September 2016 - meeting between Imperial Tobacco and the Department of Health

Issues discussed
  • Tobacco plain packaging compliance.

5 February 2016 - Department of Immigration and Border Protection (chaired) Illicit Tobacco Industry Advisory Group. Attendees included Philip Morris Limited, Imperial Tobacco Australia, British American Tobacco Australia, Alliance of Australian Retailers, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Taxation Office, Department of Health, Treasury, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Issues Discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

2015

16 March 2015 - Meeting between Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (contracted to the Department of Health), Departmental representatives and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Stakeholder consultation meeting to inform the development of the Post Implementation Review of the tobacco plain packaging measure.

3 March 2015 - Meeting between Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (contracted to the Department of Health), Departmental representatives and Richland Express Pty Ltd

Issues Discussed
  • Stakeholder consultation meeting to inform the development of the Post Implementation Review of the tobacco plain packaging measure.

25 February 2015 - Teleconference between Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (contracted to the Department of Health), Departmental representatives and Trojan Trading Company

Issues Discussed
  • Stakeholder consultation meeting to inform the development of the Post Implementation Review of the tobacco plain packaging measure.

24 February 2015 - Teleconference between Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd (contracted to the Department of Health), Departmental representatives and Cigar World

Issues Discussed
  • Stakeholder consultation meeting to inform the development of the Post Implementation Review of the tobacco plain packaging measure.

2014

23 October 2014 – Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Issues Discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

8 April 2014 – Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Issues Discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

2013

29 October 2013 – Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Issues Discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

13 June 2013 – Meeting with Trojan Trading Pty Ltd

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

4 June 2013 – Teleconference between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement to help inform the Australian Government's decision on whether to become a signatory to the Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.

30 May 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Philip Morris Limited

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement to help inform the Australian Government's decision on whether to become a signatory to the Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.

29 May 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement to help inform the Australian Government's decision on whether to become a signatory to the Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.

17 May 2013 - Meeting with Richland Express

Issues discussed
  • Plain Packaging Compliance.

16 April 2013 - Meeting with British American Tobacco

Issues discussed
  • Plain Packaging Compliance.

9 April 2013 - Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

11 February 2013 – Meeting with Richland Express

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

8 February 2013 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

7 February 2013 – Meeting with Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

6 February 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement on Options to Further Implement Articles 9 and 10 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

6 February 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Philip Morris Limited

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement on Options to Further Implement Articles 9 and 10 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

5 February 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Richland Express

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement on Options to Further Implement Articles 9 and 10 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

4 February 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement on Options to Further Implement Articles 9 and 10 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

4 February 2013 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing), Departmental representative and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Regulation Impact Statement on Options to Further Implement Articles 9 and 10 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

2012

29 November 2012 – Teleconference with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

29 November 2012 – Teleconference with Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

14 November 2012 – Teleconference with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

7 November 2012 – Meeting with Richland Express

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

7 November 2012 – Meeting with Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

1 November 2012 – Meeting with Richland Express

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging and graphic health warning requirements.

31 October 2012 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging compliance.

30 October 2012 – Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues Discussed
  • Plain packaging and graphic health warning requirements.

12 October 2012 - Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging and graphic health warning requirements.

14 September 2012 - Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging and graphic health warning requirements.

9 August 2012 - Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Treasury

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

9 May 2012 - Meeting with Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging and graphic health warning requirements.

26 April 2012 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

4 April 2012 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

4 April 2012 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Richland Express

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

4 April 2012 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

2 April 2012 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

6 March 2012 – Australian Taxation Office Tobacco Industry Forum. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

20 February 2012 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

2011

12 December 2011 – Teleconference between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Scandinavian Tobacco

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

9 December 2011 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

22 November 2011 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and British American Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

21 November 2011 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Richland Express

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

21 November 2011 – Meeting between Allen & Clarke Regulatory and Policy Specialists (contracted to the Department of Health and Ageing) and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Feasibility and value of disclosure of ingredients and emissions of tobacco products.

28 October 2011 – Meeting with The Pacific Cigar Company (Australia) Pty Ltd

Issues discussed
  • Graphic health warnings.
  • Plain packaging:
    • Practical implementation issues.

20 October 2011 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Cigarette specifications;
    • Implementation times;
    • Practical implementation/manufacturing issues.

7 October 2011 – Meeting with Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Cigarette specifications;
    • Implementation timelines;
    • Practical implementation/manufacturing issues.
  • Graphic health warnings.
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

9 September 2011 – Teleconference with Amcor, a global packaging company

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Status of legislation;
    • Anti-counterfeiting measures.

2 September 2011 – Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Cigarette specifications;
    • Implementation timelines;
    • Manufacturing and packing process;
    • Practical implementation/manufacturing issues;
    • Consultation on non-cigarette tobacco product specifications.

1 September 2011 – Teleconference with Richland Express

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Implementation process and timelines.
  • Graphic health warnings.

31 August 2011 – Meeting with ANZPAC, a packaging/printing company that prints packaging for British American Tobacco Australia and Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Printing process and timelines for cigarette packaging.

31 August 2011 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Cigarette specifications;
    • Implementation timelines;
    • Manufacturing and packing process;
    • Practical implementation/manufacturing issues;
    • Consultation on non-cigarette tobacco product specifications.

23 August 2011 – Imperial Tobacco Australia

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Cigarette specifications;
    • Implementation timelines;
    • Practical implementation/manufacturing issues;
    • Consultation on non-cigarette tobacco product specifications.
  • Graphic health warnings.

22 August 2011 – Meeting with HTT Associates Pty Ltd, a public relations/lobbying firm representing The Pacific Cigar Company (Australia)

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Practical implementation issues for cigars;
    • Consultation on non-cigarette tobacco product specifications.

6 June 2011 – Meeting with Trojan Trading Pty Ltd

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging.

2 June 2011 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia and Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging specifications contained in exposure draft of Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011.

30 May 2011 – Meeting with Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Importation and retail sale of cigars and pipe tobacco;
    • Consultation on non-cigarette tobacco product specifications.

24 May 2011 – Meeting with Richland Express

Issues discussed
  • Richland Express’ position in tobacco industry.
  • Tobacco control initiatives.
  • Plain packaging.

23 May 2011 – Meeting with Club Czar, Cigarworld Australia and The Pacific Cigar Company (Australia)

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Importation and retail sale of cigars;
    • Online sales of cigars.
  • Graphic health warnings.

13 April 2011 – Teleconference with Amcor, a global packaging company

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Illicit trade in tobacco products;
    • Anti-counterfeiting measures.

3 March 2011 – Tobacco Industry Forum meeting. Attendees included British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia, Philip Morris Limited, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade in tobacco products.

2 March 2011 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia, Imperial Tobacco Australia and Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Proposed anti counterfeiting measures for inclusion in the plain packaging design.

18 February 2011 – Teleconference with Amcor, a global packaging company

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Illicit trade in tobacco products;
    • Anti-counterfeiting measures.

11 February 2011 – Teleconference with Amcor, a global packaging company

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging:
    • Illicit trade in tobacco products;
    • Anti-counterfeiting measures.

14 January 2011 - Meeting with Philip Morris Limited, British American Tobacco Australia Limited and Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade of tobacco products.
  • Anti-counterfeiting measures for tobacco products.
  • Plain packaging.
  • Public consultation on plain packaging measure.

2010

26 November 2010 - Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade of tobacco products.
  • Anti-counterfeiting measures for tobacco products.
  • Plain packaging.

26 November 2010 - Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia Limited

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade of tobacco products.
  • Anti-counterfeiting measures for tobacco products.
  • Plain packaging.

26 November 2010 - Meeting with Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited

Issues discussed
  • Illicit trade of tobacco products.
  • Anti-counterfeiting measures for tobacco products.
  • Plain packaging.

27 October 2010 - Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia (BATA)

Issues discussed
  • Internet advertising.
  • Plain packaging.
  • Status of the proposed Preventative Health Agency.
  • Retail display bans.
  • Disclosure of cigarette ingredients.

13 October 2010 - Meeting with Interconsult, an organisation which provides media and government advice to British American Tobacco Australasia (BATA)

Issues discussed
  • Plain packaging.
  • Consultation with the tobacco industry.
  • The price of tobacco.
  • Illegal tobacco.
  • The government's response to the National Preventative Health Strategy.

24 June 2010 - Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia (BATA)

Issues discussed
  • Tobacco product disclosure.
  • The department's proposed project for the disclosure of tobacco ingredients and emissions data.
  • The voluntary agreement for the tobacco manufacturers to annually disclose to the department the ingredients in their cigarettes.
  • The status of the proposed Preventative Health Agency.
  • Plain packaging.
  • Banning retail displays.

2009

3 August 2009 – Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia (BATA)

Issues discussed
  • Preventative health taskforce update.
  • Retail display bans.
  • Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – development of guidelines on articles 9 and 10.
  • Pricing/excise.

15 June 2009 - Meeting with Philip Morris Limited

Issues discussed
  • Cigarette ingredients disclosure and ingredient disclosure feasibility study.
  • Draft protocol on illicit trade.
  • Tobacco excise taxation.
  • Plain packaging.

19 May 2009 - Meeting with British American Tobacco Australia (BATA), Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Attorney General's Department and the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA)

Issues discussed
  • Health and tax policy.
  • Illicit tobacco trade.
  • Track and trace system for illicit tobacco.
  • Free trade zones.
  • Duty free.

22 January 2009 - Meeting held with British American Tobacco Australasia (BATA)

Issues discussed:
  • Key points of the BATA submission in response to the Australian Government's Preventative Health Taskforce Technical Report 2 "Tobacco Control in Australia: Making Smoking History".
  • How the Article 5.3 Guidelines will apply to the tobacco industry and;
  • Timeframe relating to the availability of the graphic health warnings evaluation, which was funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Page last reviewed: 28 February 2017