PHI Submission to Senate Inquiry

Through the Time2Switch campaign and a number of other advocacy efforts, the ADA has been working to bring the issue of private health insurance (PHI) and the way it often negatively affects the heatlhcare of Australians, into mainstream political debate.

One of the major successes of this approach has been the successful push by the Nick Xenophon Team, aided by the ADA and the ADA SA Branch in particular, to launch a Senate Inquiry.  
This is your opportunity to be heard.

The more individual submissions made as a part of the Senate Inquiry, the more likely the Senate Committee conducting the inquiry are to take note and act on the issues raised.

As you might expect, the preparation and lodgement of these submissions comes with a number of dos and don'ts. We've tried to distill some of the most important information for you, but we strongly advise you to also read the more detailed advice provided by Parliament at making a submission.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 28 July 2017.

The most important stuff

  • You don't have to respond to ALL the terms of reference, just those that are important to you.
  • This inquiry into private health insurance is consumer-centric, so try to phrase your responses in a way that shows how the issues you identify impact your patients. Or, if you hold private health insurance yourself, from your perspective as a consumer.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, don't identify any indvidual or organisation. Only include information that you would be happy to see published on the internet. Making a submission details how the Senate Committee treats submissions that mention specific funds or people.
  • Include your contact details on a separate page to the main body of your submission, and write a short paragraph about yourself to give some context about who you are.
  • Be concise and solutions focused. State the problem and your view on how it can be addressed.
  • Got proof? You can include supporting documentation but make sure it adds value to your points.
  • Don’t show your submission to anyone until you are notified by the Committee that they have accepted it and will publish it. Your submission is only protected by parliamentary privilege (i.e. it can’t be used against you in court) once it has been published on the internet by the Committee. 

To find out more about the Inquiry and to read submissions as they are published, please visit the Committees home page

The terms of reference template

This template may help you to frame your response. Remember, you only need to include the terms of reference that you wish to respond to. You should feel free to add your own formatting and flavour to the document - this is your submission!

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How to submit 

Option 1 - Submit via email
You can send your submission via email to [email protected]‚Äčor [email protected] 

  • Please note you won't receive immediate acknowledgement of your lodgement.

Option 2 - Submit by post
Committee Secretary
Senate Committee on Community Affairs
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 28 July 2017.