Supporting access to pharmaceutical benefits

Regulator function

The Department regulates the approval of pharmacies to supply pharmaceutical benefits, and their location, to ensure an accessible and commercially viable network of pharmacies exists throughout Australia, including in rural and remote areas.



  • National Health Act 1953 
  • National Health (Australian Community Pharmacy Authority Rules) Determination 2018.

Regulated community

Pharmacies in Australia wishing to supply, and claim Government reimbursement for, pharmaceutical benefits. 


Health and Aged Care

Internal to department / external entity


Ministerial Statement of Expectations date

15 August 2023

Regulator Statement of Intent date

15 August 2023