Approval as a Medical Practitioner to Supply Pharmaceutical Benefits - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you are a medical practitioner and intend to participate in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Approval will enable you to supply prescription medication subsidised under the PBS.

This service may be permitted in an area where the community does not have a convenient and efficient access to PBS medicines supplied by an approved pharmacy.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval, you must:

  • be a licensed medical practitioner and hold current registration with the Medical Board of Australia
  • be working from a location where no pharmacist is operating within a reasonable distance
  • be willing to supply PBS medicines to any person in that area who presents with a valid PBS prescription.

Temporary approval for locums may be available.


For the duration of your practise in the area, or until a valid pharmacy opens.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required.

Act(s) name

National Health Act 1953 Australian Government

Application process


Please lodge your application using the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Aged Care

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.