Eighth Community Pharmacy Agreement (8CPA)

The Eighth Community Pharmacy Agreement (8CPA) supports all Australians to access safe, affordable life-saving medicines and services through community pharmacies. Learn who’s involved in this agreement, what it covers and how we assess it.

About the 8CPA

The 8CPA is between the:

The 8CPA will come into effect on 1 July 2024, and remain in effect until 30 June 2029.

It outlines the Australian Government’s agreement to reimburse pharmacists for:

  • dispensing subsidised medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • community pharmacy medication management programs and services.

The agreement aims to support the central pillars of the National Medicines Policy (2022), which includes:

  • equitable, timely, safe and reliable access to medicines and medicine-related services, at a cost that individuals and the community can afford
  • medicines that meet the required standards of quality, safety, and efficacy
  • quality use of medicines and medicines safety
  • a collaborative, innovative and sustainable medicines industry and research sectors with the capability, capacity, and expertise to respond to current and future health needs.

Community pharmacy programs administered under the 8CPA

Community pharmacy programs in the 8CPA include:

The 8CPA commits to carry out a Rapid Review of the Community pharmacy programs within the first year of implementation (2024–25).

There will be subsequent development of an evaluation framework for each of the Community Pharmacy Programs. This work will involve consultation with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and other key pharmacy sector stakeholders. 

Pharmacy Programs Administrator Online

The Pharmacy Programs Administrator is responsible for administering, processing and paying claims for community pharmacy programs funded under the 8CPA.

Previous and other agreements

There have been 7 previous community pharmacy agreements. The first was in 1990. See the Trove website for previous agreements.

During the 8CPA, the Government committed to entering into two separate agreements with:

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