If you’re a health professional

Health professionals can apply for an initial Medicare provider number or PBS prescriber number using a form.

A Medicare provider number uniquely identifies both you and the place you work.

To apply for a Medicare provider number you need to meet the eligibility recognition requirements for your health profession.

GPs and medical specialists need to meet the requirements of section 19AA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act).

If you’re a medical intern you may be able to apply for a provider number online. Read more about applying for a provider number if you’re a medical intern.

How to apply for a Medicare provider number

The first time you apply for a provider number, you need to use a form. Select your profession to get the right form:

Download and complete the form, then send it with your supporting documents to the address on the form. Make sure you include your bank details so we can pay Medicare directly into your account.

If you want recognition as a specialist or consulting physician, you'll need to apply for specialist and consulting physician recognition. You must have a provider number before you apply as a specialist.

How to apply for a PBS prescriber number

If you're eligible you can also apply for a PBS prescriber number. You need this to prescribe medicines for your patients under the PBS.

To apply, use the Application for a Medicare provider number and, or prescriber number for a medical practitioner form.

For allied health professionals, apply using Application for a Medicare provider number and, or prescriber number for allied health and non-medical health professionals form.

How to apply for an additional provider number

You’ll need additional provider numbers if you work in more than one practice location, health profession, or discipline within your field.

Find out how to apply for an additional provider number.

Page last updated: 16 June 2021