Overview of the PBS

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) subsidises prescription medicines listed under the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

The PBS gives all Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors affordable, reliable and timely access to prescription medicine. Through the PBS, the Australian Government subsidises the cost of listed prescription medicine, making it more affordable for all Australians.

The Department of Human Services administers the PBS. The department's role includes processing claims and paying benefits under the PBS and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits

The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits lists the medicines available under the PBS. The schedule is published online on the PBS website and is updated on the 1st day of every month to include new listings and changes. The schedule may be downloaded or printed from the PBS website. A printed copy or CD-ROM version of the schedule may be purchased, and more details are available on the PBS website.

PBS stationery

The Camerons Group is the authorised supplier of PBS stationery. The Camerons Group receive, process and arrange delivery of PBS stationery through Australia Post. For stationery ordering entitlements, contact and delivery details and forms, go to our PBS stationery order forms page on our website.

Stoma Appliance Scheme

The Stoma Appliance Scheme is subsidised by the Australian Government and provides free stoma-related aids and appliances to members of stoma associations. Approximately 37,000 members around Australia receive products under the scheme. More information on the Stoma Appliance Scheme is available on our website.

Further information

For PBS enquiries and support, contact us.

Information about PBS education for providers is available on our website.

Page last updated: 5 April 2016

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