Analysis of time to complete a product application

The APVMA recently employed Oakton, APVMA external auditors, to run an independent analysis?of how long it takes us to complete a product application from the date it is received within the organisation to the date it is finalised.?

The consultancy reviewed and compared data for product applications processed within the APVMA under the previous legislation (1 July 2011 and 30 June 2014) to product applications processed under the current legislation (1 July 2014 – 31 March 2016).

Two aspects of performance were considered:

  • proportion of product applications finalised on time using the current ‘elapsed time’ method
  • average time in months to finalise an application using the current ‘elapsed time’ method.

A summary of the results provided in the table below show large improvements in both timeframe performance and average time to finalise after the introduction of the new legislation in July 2014. The report found that:

  • If the same methodology as used today was applied to applications prior to 2014, the proportion of applications finalised on time would drop from 91 per cent to 33 per cent. The APVMA has averaged 69 per cent since 2014.
  • The actual (or ‘elapsed’) time the APVMA takes to finalise applications has decreased by 70% since before 2014.
? 1 July 2011 –?30 June 2014 1 July 2014 –?31 March 2016
Proportion finalised on time (timeframe performance)
‘Clock time’ 91% -
‘Elapsed time’ 33% 69%
Average time to finalise from lodgement
‘Clock time’ 3.1 months -
‘Elapsed time’ 7.8 months 4.6 months
Number of applications processed 7941 1806


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