National Strategies for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections

The COAG Health Council endorsed five new national strategies for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections in June 2014.

Page last updated: 19 September 2016

The COAG Health Council endorsed five new national strategies for blood borne viruses (BBV) and sexually transmissible infections (STI) in June 2014. The Strategies were drafted through an inclusive consultation process and will guide policies in relation to prevention, testing, treatment, management, care and support, workforce, an enabling environment, and surveillance research and monitoring in relation to BBV and STI. They were developed in partnership with community stakeholders, research organisations, medical professionals and state and territory health departments.

The National BBV & STI Strategies 2014-2017 require all Australian governments, clinicians, researchers, community and professional organisations and individuals to commit to setting the direction for a coordinated response to addressing the rising rates of BBVs and STIs.

The department is grateful to all contributors for their submissions.

The five strategies are:

To order hard copies of the new Strategies, please contact National Mail and Marketing.

National Blood-borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Surveillance and Monitoring Plan 2014-2017

The National BBV and STI Surveillance and Monitoring Plan 2014-17 (the Plan) informs and monitors progress on achieving the targets and reaching the goals of the National BBV and STI National Strategies 2014–2017. It is anticipated that reporting against the Plan will occur annually.

BBV and STI Surveillance and Monitoring Reports

The BBV and STI Surveillance and Monitoring Reports provide an annual account of progress against the objectives of Australia’s National BBV and STIs Strategies. The Reports describe the targets, objectives and indicators of the National Strategies, detailed in the Plan, and the level of progress being made in response. It provides measurement of the effectiveness of our national response and highlights areas requiring attention.

New Prevention Programme for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

The Australian Government is investing in a four-year, $22.45 million prevention programme to help address increasing rates of sexual transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs) including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The programme targets priority populations including gay and bisexual men, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse Australians, young people, people in rural and regional areas, and people who inject drugs.

The Government’s programme comprises the following initiatives:

  • $7.2 million to reduce high rates of STIs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priority populations, particularly in regional and remote settings.
  • $1 million for point of care demonstration testing projects to increase the HIV testing rate by offering tests which provide rapid results.
  • $5.1 million for needle and syringe programmes, particularly in rural and regional areas.
  • $4.6 million to increase uptake of testing and treatment for hepatitis B among priority populations.

The programme will also provide $4.5 million to support the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne in July 2014, including the participation of priority populations at the conference and the development of the new national strategies for BBVs and STIs. This funding also supports the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & AIDS.

Discussion Paper for the Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Prevention Programme

The BBV and STI Prevention Programme support the Australian Government’s commitment’s to reduce rates of BBV and STI, through the provision of activities aimed at preventing BBV and STI and promoting appropriate treatment and management.

To ensure that activities are feasible and well designed, the Department is seeking stakeholder input to help guide the development of activities under the Programme, via the following Discussion Paper:

Through submissions to the Discussion Paper, stakeholders are invited to provide comment to further develop activities identified by the Department, or submit activity proposals for innovative ideas to assist with the design of future activities. Submissions will be used to help identify priorities for a potential Approach to Market for activities under the Programme.

Submission to the Discussion Paper should be provided to BBVSTI inbox ( by 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, 4 February 2016. Further detail on how to provide submissions are provided within each of the Discussion Paper.

Submissions made to the Department are not applications for funding. The Discussion Paper does not bind the Commonwealth or make any commitment to undertake an Approach to Market, or provision of funds under the Programme.