The ACPA is an independent statutory body that considers applications from pharmacists for approval to:
- supply Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines at a new pharmacy
- relocate an existing pharmacy that is approved to supply PBS medicines.
The ACPA is established under the National Health Act 1953. It considers applications against requirements of the Pharmacy Location Rules, made under the National Health (Australian Community Pharmacy Authority Rules) Determination 2018.
The ACPA has six part-time members. Five are appointed by the Minister for Health and Aged Care, and one is appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Aged Care.
The ACPA meets around 10 times a year to consider applications against the requirements of the Pharmacy Location Rules. It then recommends to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Aged Care whether or not an application should be approved.