Ministers Sussan Ley, Fiona Nash and Ken Wyatt are set to remain in the fold of the health portfolio. The Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) welcomed the news, looking forward to the industry maintaining stability in its leadership through an upcoming review of regulations.
“For manufacturers and suppliers of dental products this is a time of change, with a wholesale review of the regulatory framework for the approval of therapeutic goods. In such an environment, the stability of leadership in the health portfolio is to be welcomed,” said ADIA chief executive officer, Troy Williams.
The ministers, ADIA and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have been working together to implement a regulatory framework that focuses on public health and safety. The framework is set to use a risk-management approach, while also minimising those areas of regulation that have been a regulatory burden.
“Achieving this will allow businesses in the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. This is understood by the ministers, and we look forward to continued dialogue with them as to how the necessary reforms can be implemented,” said Williams.
The ADIA are also keen to see a continued reduction in excessive bureaucratic regulations for small businesses that MP Kelly O’Dwyer has been focusing on.
“More than three-quarters of the businesses in Australia’s dental industry employ less than 20 people, and we welcome the continued focus on red-tape reduction,” Mr Williams said.