PBS XML - missing dispensing rules

Page last updated: 6 June 2018

Stakeholder update

On 10 April 2018 Health sent out updated correspondence regarding the date issue with the PBS XML - missing dispensing rules, implementing a change to make General, Palliative Care and RPBS programs the same.

Health has now made the required changes to how the effective date of a program is set to be the earliest effective date of all of its constituent prescribing rules. That is, the program started being effective when a prescribing rule was first listed for that program.

The test XML files and new Schema package are ready to be downloaded for stakeholder verification.


We would like to implement this change into production with the September data. To meet the September data download dates we would need to have feedback by 3 July 2018.

Please advise Health via email to PBSlisting@health.gov.au as soon as possible if verification by the 20 June 2018 is unlikely. This way we can work with stakeholders on the timing of this change.

If this timeframe is un-manageable, implementation would be with the next available date where this change will not affect other pricing changes.