Pharmacy Business Licence - Victoria


You will need this licence to operate a pharmacy business. A pharmacy business may be operated by an individual, company or friendly society.

A pharmacy business is any business that supplies, compounds and dispenses medicines, and provides advice and counselling on the effective and safe use of medicines. Other goods may also be sold by the business, including health products, beauty products, and gifts.

You will need a separate licence for each premises where you intend to run a pharmacy business. The premises must also be registered as a pharmacy premises before you can open your business.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The premises must be registered as a pharmacy premises before you can open your business.

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • be a registered pharmacist (if you are applying as an individual)
  • apply on behalf of a company whose directors are all registered pharmacists and in which all shares are held by registered pharmacists
  • ensure that your facilities, equipment, security and management will comply with good pharmacy practice and legislative requirements.

A registered pharmacist, or pharmacy company, cannot own nor have a financial interest in more than five separate pharmacy businesses.

Complete information on eligibility will be required as part of the application process. You will need to provide documentation of the following:

  • proof of the qualifications and registration status of all proposed business operators and managers
  • details of the business structure and property leases
  • services and activities to be on offer
  • operations, premises and security plans
  • insurance and staffing arrangements.



Ongoing, subject to renewal and ongoing inspections.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Licence All

Fees range between $400.00 and $845.00, please consult the responsible agency for information on the correct fees to be submitted with your application. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 Victoria

Lodgement process


Please lodge your completed application and all associated documentation and fees directly with the Agency. Further details on the application process are available directly from the Agency and their website.

Approval time

Please allow up to 6 weeks for your application to be processed.

Administering agency

Victorian Pharmacy Authority

Contact details

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

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