The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (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.

AIHW currently holds PBS claims data processed between 1 April 2010 and 30 June 2015 – excluding PBS under co-payment data.

The Department of Health has issued a Public Interest Certificate approving AIHW access to PBS claims and under co-payment data for research and statistical purposes.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 April 2010 to 30 June 2015

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • Publications
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics
  • Unit records and client specified tables are not available
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of data in this holding.
  • Client specified tables are undertaken by the Department of Human Services (to make an enquiry contact

Please note, the AIHW linkage service can link PBS data with different datasets for approved linkage studies.

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)

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14

External links and information 

PBS online