History of the PSR Scheme

The PSR Scheme was introduced in 1994 to replace the previous Medical Services Committees of Inquiry. These were standing committees appointed by the Minister to deal with excessive servicing by medical practitioners.

The PSR Scheme has been subject to a high level of litigation which has driven legislative change to achieve the Government’s policy intent. Legislative amendments were made in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2006 to strengthen and clarify the professional review process and address evidentiary difficulties. Comprehensive reviews conducted in 1999 and 2006 by Government and key stakeholders, and a Senate Inquiry in 2011 also made a number of recommendations to refine the administration of the Scheme and improve its effectiveness and transparency.

Further information on the evolution and amendments to the Scheme can be found at: