In parallel with the negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA), the Government is implementing a wider PBS Access and Sustainability Package. This wider Package seeks to balance the need to ensure that consumers have access to new and innovative PBS medicines at affordable prices, while promoting and improving the quality use of medicines and ensuring that the PBS remains cost-effective and sustainable.
The 6CPA is part of the wider Package, which also includes a range of savings that will fund the increased investment in the sector and the PBS generally, while also delivering net savings to the Government’s budget bottom line. The measures in the wider Package include:
The wider Package also includes the extension of the Location Rules to mid-2020.
The Guild recognises that the wider Package is necessary to finance the increased investment in the sector and the PBS generally. The Guild will provide all reasonable assistance to facilitate and support the measures in the wider Package, with the exception of the proposed $1 discounted co-payment, which is a matter for the Government.
The National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill passed through Parliament on 23 June, allowing the implementation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement from 1 July.Download this page as a factsheet (162KB PDF)