Approval as a Pharmacist to Supply Pharmaceutical Benefits - Australian Government


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

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be registered as a pharmacist and own, or be about to own, a pharmacy business and have a legal right to occupy the premises from which the pharmacy business will operate
  • have approval from the national pharmacy registration board and your local council to carry on business in those premises
  • be able to supply pharmaceutical benefits to the public on request.


Approval is granted until cancelled or when you cease to supply pharmaceutical items from the approved premises.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $600.00

Approval to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits at Particular Premises. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $1600.00

Approval to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits at Premises other than premises for which approval has been granted. Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Act(s) name

National Health Act 1953 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Application process


If your pharmacy cannot operate in the case of disaster, you can apply for permission to supply PBS at an alternative premises for a temporary period.


Please lodge your application using the PBS Approved Suppliers Portal.


Any changes to the size, location or ownership of the pharmacy must be approved by the Agency before continued approval will be permitted.

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.