Medical Practitioners

How to apply to become a supplier for Medical Practitioners

Page last updated: 06 December 2018

Approval to supply PBS medicines
Change of bank account details
Claiming for PBS medicines
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Approval to supply PBS medicines

Approval may be granted to a medical practitioner to supply Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines in a particular area where the community does not have convenient and efficient access to PBS medicines supplied by an approved pharmacist, typically remote or isolated areas.
To apply for approval, the medical practitioner must:
  • be practising medicine in the area for which approval is being sought
  • hold a current registration with the relevant state or territory medical board
  • be willing to supply PBS medicines to any person in that area who presents a valid PBS prescription
To become an approved PBS medical practitioner, you need to submit an Application for a medical practitioner to supply pharmaceutical benefits (Privacy Note).
An approval granted to a medical practitioner for a particular area must be cancelled if a pharmacist becomes an approved pharmacist to supply PBS medicines to the community in that area.
Temporary approval of a PBS medical practitioner may be granted to:
  • a locum for an existing approved medical practitioner, who can supply PBS medicines on behalf of the approved medical practitioner, that is, using the approved medical practitioner's approval number. The locum can use the approved medical practitioner's prescription forms, crossing out the existing prescriber's details and replacing them with their own, or use interim supply, unpersonalised prescription forms. In either case, the locum medical practitioner must write their prescriber details on the prescription form
The approved medical practitioner must sign the PBS claim form, which includes a declaration that items were supplied by them or on their behalf. The payment of PBS benefits will be made to the approved medical practitioner's nominated bank account.

If the locum medical practitioner wishes the PBS benefits to be paid to their own bank account, they will need to apply for their own approval under section 92 of the National Health Act 1953using Application for a medical practitioner to supply pharmaceutical benefits form (Privacy Note).

Where there is no permanent approved PBS medical practitioner in a particular area and a medical practitioner is employed to practise in that area for a temporary period, they can apply using Application for a medical practitioner to supply pharmaceutical benefits (Privacy Note) for approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits for the period they are employed to practise in the area. The approval will be cancelled on the date stated on their application unless the practitioner requests an extension.

Change of bank account details


Please complete the Notification of bank account details for an approved medical practitioner form (Privacy Note).

Claiming for PBS medicines

The Commonwealth will reimburse PBS medicines supplied to Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors.

To make a claim for reimbursement all of the following forms must be submitted to the Department of Human Services: The Department of Human Services will then issue you with a digital certificate. Read more about Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital certificates.

Contact us


For any queries please email pbsapprovedsupplier@health.gov.au or phone the PBS Approved Suppliers hotline on (02) 6289 2419.

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