Thanks very much indeed for your information about ISCAH and the new meds threshold cost of $35,000. In August 2011, Tony Coates from ISCAH commented that DIAC had recently told him that the threshold was still $21,000 AUD. Stephen O'Neill from ISCAH and Tony Coates have always stayed close to the developments on this issue so I am certain that their 2011 Newsletter (which I have now read, thanks) is accurate about this.
$35,000 is still way below the $100,000 that DIAC were recommending 3 years ago (I have read the relevant Hansard about that) but it is a vast improvement on $21,000 - which, nowadays, is substantially less than the per capita average cost for an Aussie.
Reading ISCAH's Newsletter (link below for anyone who wants to read it themselves) I suspect that what has happened is that the Government is not ready to make a formal Response to the JSCM's Enabling Australia Report but at least the Government has decided that the old formula for calculating the Immigration Health threshold should be re-calculated acccording to its old principles of "Per Capita Cost For An Aussie plus 20% Extra for a Prospective Immigrant."
So - not the sweeping change that I am still hoping to see sometime but a very definite improvement, all the same. It is a very sensible compromise solution pending more debate about the Enabling Australia recommendations, in my view.
Thanks again for telling me about it and I'm very sorry that I didn't notice your reply sooner.