Anyone eligible for the PBS is eligible for the PBS Safety Net.
They must have a Medicare card and either:
- a commonwealth concessional entitlement card
- a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) card.
Your customers can get medicine cheaper under the PBS Safety Net once they have spent a certain amount on PBS medicines. They can also combine amounts for eligible family members.
A PBS Safety Net family is:
- a couple who are legally married and not separated, or a couple in a de facto relationship, with or without dependent children
- a single person with dependent children
- a couple separated by illness for example, where one member resides in a nursing home.
A dependent child is someone who:
- is younger than 16 or a full time student younger than 25
- is attending school, college or university, and
- you substantially support financially.
Groups who are not considered a family for the PBS Safety Net include:
- full time students 25 years or older and their parents
- separated couples, unless living separately due to illness or infirmity
- 2 or more adult siblings
- an adult and their parents.
If a family member who dies was receiving PBS medicines recorded on the family prescription record form during the year, these can still count towards the family PBS Safety Net threshold.