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.

On 1 January 2023, the PBS Safety Net thresholds were updated to:

  • $262.80 for concession card holders
  • $1,563.50 for general patients.

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

  • $7.30 for concession card holders
  • $30.00 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 $7.30 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 2023.
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