Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Approved Suppliers

PBS approved supplier administrative functions

Page last updated: 11 October 2019

The Department of Health manages and implements PBS approved supplier policy to improve the health outcomes of all Australians through access to medicines.

The PBS Approved Suppliers Portal is now live and available for application lodgement. To access the new PBS Approved Suppliers Portal.

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page for further details about the functions available in the new PBS Approved Suppliers Portal.

News Updates

October 2019
PBS Approved Suppliers Portal and new telephone number are now live.

The new PBS Approved Suppliers Portal allows for applicants to apply for:

  • Approval to establish a new pharmacy to supply pharmaceutical benefits at particular premises;
  • Approval to relocate (with or without change of ownership) an approved pharmacy supplying pharmaceutical benefits; and
  • Approval to change ownership of an approved pharmacy supplying pharmaceutical benefits (not involving relocation).

Additionally, PBS Approved Suppliers has a new telephone number 1800 316 389 to assist with any queries you may have in relation to the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal or anything PBS Approved Suppliers related. Standard operating hours for the PBS Approved Suppliers number are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm (ACT Time).

For further details, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page.

September 2019
Information for pharmacists, medical practitioners and hospital authorities – introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal on 9 October 2019.

With the introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal on 9 October 2019, a number of changes to the process for lodging applications and other forms will come into effect.

For further details please see:

FOR PHARMACISTS
Information for pharmacists – introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (PDF 524 KB)
Information for pharmacists – introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (Word 26 KB)

Information for pharmacists – Changes to pharmacy approval application processes (PDF 558 KB)
Information for pharmacists – Changes to pharmacy approval application processes (Word 26 KB)

FOR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
Information for Medical Practitioners – Introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (PDF 401 KB)
Information for Medical Practitioners – Introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (Word 19 KB)

FOR HOSPITAL AUTHORITIES
Information for Hospital Authorities – Introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (PDF 403 KB)
Information for Hospital Authorities – Introduction of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal (Word 25 KB)

August 2019
Changes to the process for hospital authorities requesting approval for private hospitals to prescribe and/or supply highly specialised drugs (HSDs)

From 1 August 2019, hospital authorities will no longer be required to seek separate approval from the Department of Health’s HSD Program when applying for approval for private hospitals to prescribe and/or supply HSDs.

The process will be integrated into the application form Application for a hospital authority to prescribe and/or supply pharmaceutical benefits and/or highly specialised drugs. This form is to be completed by hospital authorities requesting approval under sections 94 or 100 of the National Health Act 1953.

The key changes to the form are:

  • Advice concerning the need for private hospitals to seek separate approval from the HSD Program has been removed.
  • Question 1 on the revised form now includes an option to select a private hospital seeking to prescribe HSDs only, and the wording has been updated to clearly describe the other types of approval for which this form can be used.
  • The declaration wording has been updated.

The application form is available on the Hospital Authorities page.

June 2019
Delayed introduction of application fees

The Department of Health has been working towards introducing application fees from 1 July 2019 for pharmacists seeking approval to supply PBS medicines. However, as a result of the federal election on 18 May 2019, the introduction of application fees will be delayed.

An update about the timing for introducing the fees will be provided as soon as further details are available.

June 2019
Preparing for access to the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal

Over the past 12 months, Health has consulted with stakeholders to develop a dedicated online portal – the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal – for lodging applications for approval to supply PBS medicines.

To ensure you are ready to submit an application through the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal when it is released within the next few months, if you have not already done so, you should take steps now to obtain an AUSkey. Instructions on how to obtain an AUSkey are available from the Australian Business Register website.

If you have already obtained and installed your AUSkey, you do not need to obtain a new one.

Further details will be provided closer to the release of the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal.

Contact the Department of Health

For enquires about PBS approval application or the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal, please email pbsapprovedsuppliers@health.gov.au or call PBS Approved Suppliers on 1800 316 389.

For AUSkey enquires please phone the help desk on 1300 287 539 and select option 2 from the menu.

Contact the Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services will continue to oversee patient eligibility and PBS claim payments.

In order to set up PBS claiming with the Department of Human Services, download the online claiming and ABN forms below, fill out all details along with the Pharmacy Approval Number issued to you and email to the Department of Human Services at the address on each form.

The Department of Human Services cannot pay for PBS medicines supplied if you have not submitted these forms.