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 usually resets at the beginning of each year, 1 January.

In 2022 the PBS Safety Net thresholds were updated on 1 January and 1 July. From 1 July the thresholds have been lowered to:

  • $244.80 for concession card holders
  • $1,457.10 for general patients.

You only need to meet the threshold once in a calendar year. If you already met the threshold in the first half of the year, your medicines will still be discounted. You can’t get a refund for the difference between the previous threshold and the new threshold.

Before you meet the threshold, each medicine will cost up to:

  • $6.80 for concession card holders
  • $42.50 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 $6.80 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 July 2022