Hospital Authorities

How to apply to become a supplier for Hospital Authorities

Page last updated: 22 January 2019

Public hospital (participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)
Public hospital (not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)
Non-dispensing public hospital
Private hospital
Applying for hospital approval
Bank account details
Authority for authorised person(s) to sign forms
Claiming for PBS medicines
Contact us
Form - Privacy Note

Public hospital (participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)

A public hospital that has been declared a public hospital under subsection 121-5 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 and is participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements under the National Health Care Agreement can apply for approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits or highly specialised drugs to patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital.

Public hospital (not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements)

A public hospital authority that is not participating in the Pharmaceutical Reform Arrangements can apply for approval to supply highly specialised drugs for patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 .

Non-dispensing public hospital

An approval granted under section 100 of the National Health Act 1953 to a hospital authority, in respect of a particular public hospital, enables a public hospital authority that does not have a dispensary or pharmacy at the hospital to claim for the supply of highly specialised drugs. The highly specialised drugs may be supplied to patients receiving treatment in or at the public hospital, where supply of those drugs is undertaken by a third party such as a community pharmacy, friendly society or agent.

Private hospital

A private hospital that has been declared a private hospital under subsection 121-5 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007can apply for approval under section 94 of the National Health Act 1953 to supply pharmaceutical benefits to patients receiving treatment in or at the hospital.

A hospital authority approved in respect of a private hospital can:
  1. supply PBS subsidised medicines, chemotherapy drugs
A private hospital wishing to access medicines funded under the Highly Specialised Drugs Program must also be approved by the Department of Health, email HSD@health.gov.au.

Applying for approval

To apply for approval to enable a public/private hospital authority to supply pharmaceutical benefits or highly specialised drugs, the Application for a hospital authority to supply pharmaceutical benefits and or highly specialised drugs form is required.

Bank account details

To notify of the bank account to which you wish your PBS payments to be paid, you must complete the Notification of bank account details for a hospital authority form.
Please allow at least 5 working days before the change is to take effect.

Authority for authorised person(s) to sign forms

Use the Authority to authorise pharmacist(s) to sign claim forms on behalf of a hospital authority form to authorise a pharmacist to lodge claims on behalf of a hospital authority.

Claiming for PBS medicines

The Commonwealth will reimburse PBS medicines supplied to Australian residents and eligible overseas visitors.
Once recommended or approved by Health, download the below forms, fill out all details along with the Hospital Approval Number issued to you, and email each form to the Department of Human Service (DHS) at the address on the form. DHS will then issue you with a digital certificate.

DHS cannot pay for PBS medicines supplied if you have not submitted these forms.

Read more about registering for online claiming for PBS on the Department of Human Services website.
  • Online Claiming - Online claiming for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - Application and terms and conditions form.
  • ABN - Notification of Australian Business Number and reference identification for tax treatment purposes and Recipient Created Tax Invoice agreement form.

Contact us

For any queries please email pbsapprovedsupplier@health.gov.au or phone the PBS Approved Suppliers hotline on (02) 6289 2419.

Form – Privacy Note

The Australian Government Department of Health (the Department) is bound by the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

The Department is collecting personal information that you provide in the relevant Form for the purposes of assessing the application or processing the notification (as the case may be). The collection of the personal information is authorised under the National Health Act 1953 (Cth) and delegated legislation under that Act.

For more information on our Forms Privacy Information visit the Departments website.

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