Maternity services reforms

Information on maternity services reforms, in particular changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for pregnant women, or those planning pregnancy, and for health care professionals.

Page last updated: 18 June 2014

Maternity services reforms aim to improve maternity care in Australia by providing greater choice and access to maternity services for Australian women and their families, and by supporting the maternity services workforce.

These reforms also maintain Australia’s strong record for providing safe, high quality maternity services.

National Maternity Services Plan

On 12 November 2010, the National Maternity Services Plan was endorsed by the then Australian Health Ministers’ Conference.

The plan recognises the importance of maternity services within the health system and provides a strategic national framework, as endorsed by state, territory and Commonwealth governments for the five year period 2010-2015.

The Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee (MSIJC) has been delegated the responsibility of developing, supporting and monitoring the actions of the plan.

National Maternity Services Plan: Middle Years Implementation Plan 2012-13

The National Maternity Services Plan: Middle Years Implementation Plan 2012-13 was endorsed by the then Standing Council on Health on 27 April 2012. Development of the plan was led by the National Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee (MSIJC) in consultation with government and non-government stakeholders who share responsibility for implementing components of the plan. The plan builds on work undertaken in the initial year, and once again, its success is dependent on the continued collaboration between all Australian Governments and other stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the plan.