Proposed legislation changes for the National Cervical Screening Programme

The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) uses HPV testing as the primary screening test.


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The information below is provided only as archive reference material.


The Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill passed on 23 June 2021 and amends Part 4A of the Health Act 1956 (the Act).

The amendment will enable the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) to take advantage of modern information technology by providing direct look-up access to health providers providing screening services. It will pave the way for the programme to transition to human papillomavirus (HPV) primary screening, which causes 99 percent of cervical cancers.

The changes will enable cervical screening to be more efficient as health providers will be able to access participants’ screening histories in a wider range of settings.


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Page last updated: 09 February 2018