About the Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the national peak body representing community pharmacy. It seeks to serve the interests of its members and to support community pharmacy in its role delivering quality health outcomes for all Australians.

The Guild is committed to supporting and maintaining the community pharmacy model as the most appropriate and efficient system of delivering medicines, medication management and related services to the Australian public.

The 5450 community pharmacies across Australia dispense around 250 million prescriptions annually. The vast majority of the prescriptions dispensed under the Federal Government’s subsidised Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are available at the same price for all Australians wherever they live.

A major Guild activity at all levels is close liaison and negotiation with governments, manufacturers, wholesalers and other organisations in the health care delivery system.

The Guild is registered under the federal Fair Work Act (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 as an employers' organisation.


The Pharmacy Guild of Australia was established in early 1928 as the Federated Pharmaceutical Services Guild of Australia and was registered under the Federal Industrial Relations Act as an employers’ organisation for the owners of community pharmacies. It was set up to serve the interests of its members. Eighty years later, it continues to serve its members and the Australian public who value their local pharmacy.

Aims and objectives of the Guild

The Guild seeks to maintain community pharmacies as the most appropriate primary providers of health care to the community through optimum therapeutic use of drugs, drug management and related services.

As a member organisation, the Guild strives to provide compelling member value. It will achieve this through:

  • Ensuring community pharmacy sustainability
  • Provision of innovative business solutions and support to members
  • Effective communication to create conversation with members
  • Effective communication to support the community’s understanding of the value of community pharmacy, especially in its role in underpinning the timely and equitable supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines for all Australians

Publications of The Guild

A range of publications and papers are put out by the Guild’s National Secretariat including

  • Forefront- a fortnightly e-newsletter sent to more than 8000 addresses
  • Fact Sheets – a series of short briefing notes on issues of importance to pharmacy
  • Annual Report – an electronic report posted on the members only section of the Guild’s website and reporting on the professional and financial milestones of the year
  • Guild Digest - the most authoritative analysis of pharmacy operations in Australia. It is compiled from detailed surveys of the operations of members’ pharmacies and provides an invaluable benchmark for pharmacy operations. An online version is also available on the members only section of the Guild website

In addition to the publications produced at a national level, each State and Territory branch has a branch bulletin which covers national issues and issues specifically relating to each State or Territory.

The Guild’s structure

The Guild is a single legal entity with branches in each state and territory to serve members and assist the National Council and National Executive in carrying out its aims and objectives..

The National Council is the supreme governing body. It lays down all Guild policies, decides major issues and has the power to amend the Constitution, subject to referendum where required. Supporting National Council in the development of policies is a number of national committees that undertake research, examine strategies, provide advice and recommend policy approaches.

The Executive Director is entrusted with implementing the policies and decisions of National Council through the National Secretariat, a small, flexible organisation with salaried, professional and administrative staff, and consultants engaged as required. The Secretariat is located in the Parliamentary Zone in Canberra, close to Parliament House. The National President works closely with the Executive Director and the Secretariat, and is the main spokesperson for the Guild. While always a pharmacist proprietor, the role of National President is effectively full-time.

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Page last updated 20 June 2017