Apply for initial provider and prescriber numbers

Apply for an initial Medicare provider number or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber number.

Some health professionals can apply online for their initial Medicare Provider or Prescriber Number.

You need a Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to access Health Professional Online Services (HPOS). If you don’t have one, register for PRODA online. Then follow the steps to set up your HPOS access.

Find out how to apply for a provider or prescriber number if you’re a medical intern.

To apply for an initial Medicare provider number, log in to your PRODA account to access HPOS, then:

  1. Select My Details.
  2. Select My Digital Provider Number Registration.
  3. Select Apply.
  4. Complete the questions in the application and select submit.
  1. Go to the Location Details section in the Practice Address Tab.
  2. Select yes to the question ‘Do you want a prescriber number for prescribing Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines under the National Health Act 1953?’.

You can save your application and come back to it later if you need to.

If you’re not eligible to apply for a Medicare provider number or prescriber number online, you can use one of the following forms:

We experience a surge in applications between December and April.

To submit your manual application and prevent delays, make sure you:

  • apply early
  • enter your correct mailing address. We’re not able to send a digital version
  • Complete all sections of your form and submit all required supporting documentation.

Incomplete applications will be returned to you through the mail and you’ll need to start the application process from the beginning.

We process applications in order of receipt to apply procedural fairness for all applicants.

Most health professionals get their Medicare provider number immediately if applying through HPOS.

Our service officers may need to process some applications, including applications for prescriber numbers.

If you’ve applied using HPOS, we’ll send you a HPOS message in your mailbox to let you know the outcome.

If you’ve applied using a paper form, we’ll send you a letter to let you know the outcome.

Page last updated: 24 June 2024.
QC 74011