National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Bill 2015

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House of Representatives
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Amends the National Health Act 1953 to implement the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Access and Sustainability package by: applying a one-off five per cent statutory price reduction for single brand medicines; changing price disclosure arrangements for multiple-brand medicines; applying flow-on price disclosure reductions from component drugs to multiple-brand combination medicines; changing membership arrangements for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee; enabling approved pharmacists to discount patient co-payments by a maximum of $1 for each PBS supply on a prescription; extending safety net early supply rules; and extending the pharmacy location rules and the role of the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority to 30 June 2020. Also makes technical amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27 May 2015
Second reading moved 27 May 2015
Second reading debate 15 Jun 2015
Second reading agreed to 15 Jun 2015
Third reading agreed to 15 Jun 2015
Introduced and read a first time 16 Jun 2015
Second reading moved 16 Jun 2015
Second reading debate 23 Jun 2015
Second reading agreed to 23 Jun 2015
Committee of the Whole debate 23 Jun 2015
Third reading agreed to 23 Jun 2015
Finally passed both Houses 23 Jun 2015
  • Act no.: 89
  • Year: 2015
26 Jun 2015

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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