How to apply for a Medicare provider number or PBS prescriber number

How to apply for an initial or additional Medicare provider number or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) prescriber number.

Apply by paper form

You must apply for your initial Medicare provider number via paper form unless you’re a medical intern who trained in Australia or New Zealand.

Apply online

You can apply online for an additional Medicare provider number if you’re any of the following:

For medical practitioner eligibility to create additional provider numbers, read more about applying for additional Medicare provider numbers if you’re a medical practitioner.

You may also be able to apply online for a PBS prescriber number as part of the Medicare provider number application process. You can do this if you’re any of the following:

  • nurse practitioner
  • midwife
  • dentist
  • optometrist.

Before you apply

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.

Steps to apply online

  1. log on to HPOS using your PRODA account.
  2. select My Details.
  3. select My provider numbers.
  4. select Create a new provider location.
  5. complete the questions in the application and select submit location.

If you’re also applying for a PBS prescriber number:

  1. go to the Practice address section.
  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 applying for a prescriber number separately, you’ll need to complete a paper form:

If you can’t apply online

If you can’t apply for a Medicare provider number online, you can use one of the following forms:

When you’ll get your Medicare provider number and PBS prescriber number

If you’re applying for a Medicare provider number or PBS prescriber number or both, one of our Service Officers may need to process your application. We’ll send you a letter to let you know when your application has been finalised. Read more about processing times for Medicare benefits applications.

One of our Service Officers will process your application if you’re:

  • an Ahpra-registered allied health professional with limited registration
  • a non-medical health professional, including dental practitioner, optometrist, midwife or nurse practitioner
  • a medical intern subject to section 19AB.

We’ll send you a letter to let you know when your application has been finalised. Read more about processing times for Medicare benefits applications.

More information

Find out how to apply for additional provider numbers if you work:

  • in a new practice location
  • at a new service at the same location
  • for a new health profession or discipline.
Page last updated: 12 October 2023.
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