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Changes to the NDSS

Find out more about changes to NDSS products and services.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Initiative: FreeStyle Libre added and eligibility criteria streamlined from 1 March 2020

Updated 24 February 2020

FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM)

The Australian Government is including the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) system on the list of products subsidised through the CGM Initiative as part of the NDSS. All products provided under the CGM Initiative will continue to be fully subsidised with no co-payment.

From 1 March 2020, FreeStyle Libre sensors will be available to all people who are eligible to access products through the CGM Initiative. This includes:

  • Children and young people aged under 21 years with type 1 diabetes;
  • Women with type 1 diabetes who are actively planning pregnancy, pregnant, or immediately post pregnancy;
  • Children and young people under 21 years with conditions very similar to type 1 diabetes who require insulin; and
  • People with type 1 diabetes, aged 21 years or older, who have a valid concessional status. 

How do I activate the FreeStyle Libre sensor?

To activate the FreeStyle Libre sensor, participants in the CGM Initiative can either:


  • once approved as an eligible registrant, you can order a free FreeStyle Libre Reader by calling the product manufacturer directly via the Abbott Diabetes Care Helpline on 1800 801 478, rather than through NDSS Access Points.

Updated Continuous and Flash Glucose Monitoring Access forms are available.

Eligibility criteria streamlined

The Australian Government is streamlining the eligibility criteria to access subsidised products through the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) Initiative.

From 1 March 2020, people aged 21 years or older with type 1 diabetes, with valid concessional status, will no longer need to demonstrate ‘high clinical need’ to access subsidised products from the CGM initiative.

Updated Continuous and Flash Glucose Monitoring Access forms for people aged 21 years or older with type 1 diabetes, with valid concessional status, are available.

You will need to wait for the new application form to submit an application for continuous flash and glucose monitoring under the streamlined eligibility criteria—starting 1 March 2020.

There are no other changes to eligibility criteria for other eligibility groups within the CGM Initiative.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have any questions about the changes to the CGM Initiative from 1 March 2020? Read our frequently asked questions here:

Previous important announcements

6 February 2019
Government funding boost enables more people to access new glucose monitoring devices through the NDSS from 1 March 2019

9 November 2018
Reduced NDSS co-payments

1 April 2017
Continuous glucose monitoring information

1 July 2016
Important notice about NDSS product supply and delivery