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

On 2 February 2020, Minister Hunt announced that the Australian Government would include the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) system on the list of products subsidised through the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Initiative from 1 March 2020. This provides greater choice for people participating in the CGM Initiative.

Additionally, from 1 March 2020 the eligibility criteria will be streamlined to allow more people with type 1 diabetes to access the CGM Initiative.

FreeStyle Libre sensors will be added to the CGM Initiative product list

FreeStyle Libre sensors will be available to all people who are eligible to access the CGM Initiative. All products provided under the CGM Initiative will continue to be fully subsidised with no copayment. People using FreeStyle Libre under the CGM Initiative will also be able to receive a FreeStyle Libre Reader device free of charge.

The eligibility criteria to access products through the CGM Initiative for people with type 1 diabetes aged 21 years and older with concessional status have changed

From 1 March 2020, the Government is streamlining the eligibility criteria to allow people with type 1 diabetes who are 21 years of age or older and have concessional status to access fully subsidised CGM products. The requirement to demonstrate ‘high clinical need’ has been removed.

The eligibility criteria for the other CGM Initiative eligibility groups has not changed

The eligibility criteria for the other eligibility groups for access to subsidised products through the CGM Initiative has not changed. From 1 March 2020, the groups eligible to participate in the CGM Initiative will be:

  • 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 and who have concessional status.

For people with diabetes and families of those who may be eligible

We understand that you may have questions about CGM devices and FreeStyle Libre sensors as well as eligibility criteria and time frames. The NDSS team is here to help you. For more information or support, call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700.

For NDSS Access Points

The new arrangements start on 1 March 2020.

For health professionals

People who are eligible for subsidised products under the CGM Initiative have been advised to talk to their diabetes health professional about their clinical needs and eligibility criteria.

For more information about this initiative, see the Department of Health’s website.