Increasing PBS medicines that can be approved online

Date published:
31 Oct 2022

Services Australia has been working with the Department of Health and Aged Care to increase the number of PBS items that can be approved in ‘real time’ using the Online Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Authorities System (the system).

From 1 July 2022, prescribers can submit certain Authority Required ‘Written’ (written) PBS medicines on the schedule using the system. Over time, more written PBS medicines across broader medicine groups will be added to the system for ‘real time’ approval.

Services Australia will continue working with the Department of Health and Aged Care to update the relevant PBS listings. It will continue sharing this information as it becomes available.

Over the next two years, Services Australia will be improving the system’s digital capability to support the transition of Authority Required (Written) medicines for online access.

Additional information

Can PBS authority approval be submitted by post?


Prescribers can still submit applications for authority to prescribe by:

  • mailing the application
  • uploading applications in HPOS.

Updated versions of application forms will remain available on the Services Australia website.

Read the changes document

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