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Archived Grant Opportunity View - GO5806

National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Program

Contact Details

Health Grants Team

02 6289 5600


Department of Health and Aged Care
Close Date & Time:
13-Dec-2022 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Internal Reference ID:
Primary Category:
231017 - Public Health and Safety
Secondary Category:
231018 - Public Health Services
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Open Competitive


The National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Program (NatRUM) is an Australian Government initiative to support safe disposal of expired and unwanted medicines.

The NatRUM Program’s main priority is to collect consumers' expired and unwanted medicines through community pharmacies nationally to help avoid accidental childhood poisoning, medication misuse and toxic releases into the environment. The NatRUM Program commenced in 1998.

This program contributes to the Quality Use of Medicines through the facilitation of a national service disposing of medicines in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, predominantly using high temperature incineration. Consumers are able to return their expired and unwanted medicines to any participating community pharmacy across Australia. There is no fee charged either to consumers or community pharmacies for this service.

Activities currently funded under this program include providing education services to health professionals and consumers on the safe disposal of unwanted medicines.

The objective of the NatRUM Program is to facilitate a national service, at no cost to the consumer or community pharmacy, for the collection and disposal of unwanted and/or expired medicines for destruction in an environmentally friendly manner.

To view the grant opportunity documents, please select the red "GO Documents" button on the left hand side.


To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company;
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Entity;
  • Non-corporate State or Territory Statutory Authority;
  • Local Government;
  • Cooperative;
  • Incorporated Association;
  • Statutory Entity;
  • Partnership; or
  • Unincorporated Association, with a legal parent organisation or a legal entity connected to the Unincorporated Association.

If you are applying as a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, the Trustee must have an eligible entity type as listed above.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, as long as you have a lead applicant who is solely accountable to the Commonwealth for the delivery of grant activities and is an eligible entity as per the list above. Eligible organisations can form a consortia with ineligible organisations.

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, you must also have:

  • capacity and capability to develop and maintain an external-facing website and undertake education and awareness activities in target groups or individuals;
  • demonstrated experience in the management of contractor and subcontractor arrangements;
  • infrastructure and networks to support the project activities and appropriate stakeholder engagement strategies; and
  • customer service capabilities to deliver the grant activities.
Total Amount Available (AUD):


Instructions for Application Submission:


Submit your application by the closing date and time using the online application form link located via the "GO Documents" button on the left hand side.

Once you have submitted your application using the online application form link you will receive an automatic email with your Submission Reference ID. Retain this number if you wish to query your application with the Department.

Other Instructions:

Note the 2mb limit per attachment in the application form. Multiple files/documents should be scanned into a single document. Compressed or zip files are not accepted. File names must be unique and not include foreign characters.

Addenda Available:

Contact Details

Health Grants Team

02 6289 5600