PBS Safety Net thresholds

Once you or your family spend a certain amount on PBS medicine you’ll reach the PBS Safety Net threshold.

We calculate the PBS Safety Net in a calendar year. It resets at the beginning of each year, 1 January.

The 2020 PBS Safety Net threshold is:

  • $316.80 for concession card holders
  • $1,486.80 for general patients.

Before you meet the threshold, each medicine will cost:

  • up to $6.60 for concession card holders
  • up to $41.00 for general patients.

Once you reach the threshold, you’ll need to apply for a PBS Safety Net card to get cheaper medicines.

Your medicine will then either:

  • be free for concession card holders
  • cost up to $6.60 for general patients.

When there are 2 or more brands of the same medicine, they may have different prices. If you choose a more expensive brand it may cost you more.

Page last updated: 1 January 2020