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PBS XML Schema Version 3.1.7

Various files are made available each month for the PBS Schedule. These files include:

The following naming convention is used for all of these files:

Purpose

Filename

Zip file

V3.x PBS XML

sch-yyyy-mm-dd-rR.xml

yyyy-mm-dd-sch-rR.zip

V2.12 PBS XML

down-yyyy-mm-dd-rR.xml

yyyy-mm-dd-down-rR.zip

Text Extracts

file_yyyymmdd.txt

yyyy-mm-dd-downextracts-vR.zip

In the above convention, the emphasised words have the following meaning:

Value

Meaning

Example

yyyy

Year of effective date.

2017

mm

Month of effective date. Always two characters.

07

dd

Day of effective date. Always two characters.

2017

R

Revision number.

1

file

Name of individual file.

drug

For example, the files for revision 1 of the July 2017 PBS Schedule are named:

Purpose

Filename

Zip file

V3.x PBS XML

sch-2017-07-01-r1.xml

2017-07-01-sch-r1.zip

V2.12 PBS XML

down-2017-07-01-r1.xml

2017-07-01-down-r1.zip

Text Extracts

file_20170701.txt

2017-07-01-downextracts-v1.zip