Budget 2020–21 initiatives

Australia is taking steps to address the risk of AMR and meet the objectives of the National AMR Strategy – 2020 and beyond. As part of the 2020–21 Budget, the Australian Government provided funding for several AMR projects. Learn about these projects and how they link to the strategy.

National One Health Surveillance System

National AMR Strategy Objective 5: Integrated surveillance and response to resistance and usage

Australia is establishing a national One Health Surveillance System that will collect and report on AMR and antimicrobial use across the different One Health sectors:

  • human health
  • animal health
  • agriculture
  • food
  • the environment.

A nationally coordinated system will help us understand the magnitude, distribution and emergence of resistant organisms that could put human and animal health at risk or affect the safety of our food supply.

We can use the data collected through this surveillance system to guide research, appropriate antimicrobial use activities and the public health response to this issue.

The Australian Government has commenced a project to develop options for the new One Health Surveillance System. Consultations with experts in different sectors were undertaken between July and September 2021 and an options report is due to be completed by October 2021. We will consult with our expert committees and key stakeholders across the One Health sectors to determine the optimal surveillance system model for Australia.

A transition plan that will guide the implementation of the optimal surveillance system model is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2022.

We will update this information and timelines as the project progresses.

National One Health AMR research and development agenda

National AMR Strategy Objective 6: A strong collaborative research agenda across all sectors

Australia is developing a research and development agenda to guide research in AMR and antimicrobial use across all One Health sectors.

The purpose of this agenda is to identify priority areas for research in Australia and opportunities for collaboration at both the national and the international level. It will not grant opportunities or funding for research.

We will work with stakeholders across the One Health sectors to identify gaps and priority areas for research on the prevention, detection, and containment of AMR. This will allow researchers to collaborate across different sectors and provide the best return on research investment, and to reduce duplication.

We will begin engaging with stakeholders across the different sectors in late 2021 and early 2022.

We will update this information as the project progresses.

Pricing and Reimbursement Scoping Study

National AMR Strategy Objective 6: A strong collaborative research agenda across all sectors

Australia is looking at ways to promote research into new types of antimicrobials through the Pricing and Reimbursement Scoping Study.

This scoping study will look at how to promote research internationally and within Australia using funding models and other incentives. It will also look at ways that the regulatory system can support market access, and how the Australian Government can support research translation and commercialisation.

The study will produce a series of recommendations for the Australian Government to consider in addressing the lack of research into new antibiotics.

The study will begin in late 2021.

We will update this information as the project progresses.

National One Health Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

National AMR Strategy Objective 3: Greater engagement in the combat against resistance

Australia will introduce a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to measure progress towards achieving the objectives of the National AMR Strategy – 2020 and beyond.

The purpose of this framework is to assess the effectiveness of activities and projects in addressing AMR.

The Australian Government will work with partners to develop this framework and decide whether to include specific targets or outcomes.

This will work will be progressed over the next 2 years. Initial consultations on this framework will begin in late 2021, and we will provide more information as the project progresses.

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