Applying

There are several ways you can apply for authority approval for Written Authority Required Drugs.

Online PBS Authorities

You can request an authority using the Online PBS Authorities system for some written authority required drugs.

You’ll need to use your individual Provider Digital Access (PRODA) account to securely access government online services. If you don’t have an account yet, you’ll need to register. Once registered, you’ll need to link your prescriber number in your PRODA account.

You can then access the Online PBS Authorities system through either:

  • HPOS
  • upgraded clinical and prescribing software.

You’ll need to:

  • provide information about your patient
  • tell us the medicine you’re prescribing including, dose, quantity and repeats
  • answer questions so we can give you a real time patient eligibility assessment result of Approved or Rejected.

Use the Online PBS Authorities system to:

  • reduce waiting periods for approved authority prescriptions
  • submit the authority request 24/7
  • cancel or amend approved applications that haven’t been dispensed.

Watch the videos below for more information about the Online PBS Authorities system:

HPOS Form Upload

To apply for a Written Authority Required Drug through HPOS Form Upload, you must upload the:

  • completed and signed PBS authority application form
  • authority prescription form or forms
  • relevant attachments.

Once approved, you can get the authority approval number through HPOS. You’ll need to record this number and the item code on the authority prescription form.

Mail

To apply for a Written Authority Required Drug through the mail, please include:

  • completed and signed PBS authority application form
  • authority prescription form or forms
  • relevant attachments.

Once approved, we’ll endorse the authority prescription form with approval details and return it by mail to you or your patient as indicated on the prescription.

Phone

You can request these authorities using the Online PBS Authorities system. You’ll receive a real time assessment result. Refer to Online PBS Authorities.

Call the PBS Complex Drugs Programs enquiry line if the authority application can be made by phone.

Once approved, record the authority approval number on the authority prescription form. Phone authority approval numbers usually start with M or CARM and are followed by 4 digits and 2 letters. For example, M1234RX.

Contact us for more information.

Page last updated: 21 November 2023.
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