The PBS data collection contains information on prescription medicines that qualify for a benefit under the National Health Act 1953 and for which a claim has been processed. The database comprises information about PBS scripts and payments, patients, prescribers and dispensing pharmacies. The AIHW currently holds PBS claims data processed between 1 April 2010 and 30 June 2015, excluding PBS under co-payment claims data.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 April 2010 to 30 June 2015

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • publications
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • statistics
  • client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply)
  • unit records are not available
  • restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of other data in this holding

Data scope

PBS claims data are an administrative by–product of the Department of Human Services administration of the subsidised prescription payment system. PBS prescriptions are available to all Australian residents who hold a current Medicare card and overseas visitors from countries with which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA).


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

External links and information 

PBS online


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