A regular extra payment to help with medicine costs if you get certain payments from us.
How to apply
We’ll assess if you can get Pharmaceutical Allowance when you claim.
Who can get it
You can get this allowance if you get:
- Sickness Allowance
- Parenting Payment single if you're under age pension age
- Disability Support Pension it you're under 21 with no dependent children
- If you have a temporary illness or medical condition, and get:
- if you have turned 60 but are under Age Pension age and have been the below payment for at least 9 months in a row:
- If you have a partial capacity to work, and get:
- If you’re single and the main carer of a dependent child, and get:
- If you’ve turned 60 and get ABSTUDY
You must follow your main payment’s rules about living in Australia.
You’ll get the allowance with your regular payment each fortnight.
|If you're||Your fortnightly payment will be|
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You don’t pay tax on Pharmaceutical Allowance, even if you get it as an advance payment.
You may be able to get the allowance in advance as a lump sum of 7 fortnightly payments.
You can apply for this if you need a lot of medicines and you get:
- Parenting Payment single and are under age pension age, or
- Disability Support Pension, are under 21 with no dependent children
Read more about advance payment.
The rules for Pharmaceutical Allowance when you travel are the same as for your main payment.
If you go to live in another country
Your allowance will stop when you leave Australia.
If you go on a trip
While you’re getting your main payment, you’ll still get the allowance. Depending on which main payment you’re on, this could be:
- up to 6 weeks
- up to 26 weeks
- even longer
Tell us about your travel plans
The easiest way to do this is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
We can then let you know how your travel could affect your payments and concession cards.
Read more about payments paid while outside Australia.
Keep a record of your medicines
You should keep a record of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines you buy.
Why do this
- keep your own list on a Prescription Record Form - you can get this form from your pharmacist, or
- ask your pharmacist to keep a computer record for you - this works if you get all your PBS medicines from the same place
When you reach the threshold
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get support if your bank, building society or credit balance goes below zero.
Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.