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Page last updated: 1 March 2017

1 March 2017

In October and November 2016 the Department notified software vendors, pharmaceutical representative bodies and other stakeholders of the intention to pause  the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (the Schedule) in March 2017. The purpose of this pause is to assist in a major system upgrade.

Pauses to the Schedule have occurred in the past to implement major system upgrades.

As a result of this decision, the full set of files and outputs will not be produced for the March 2017 Schedule and the February 2017 Schedule will remain effective until the April 2017 Schedule is published. Please contact for further information.

1 February 2017


Previous ASCII and XML files can be accessed on the Publications Archive page.

PBS Offline

1 February 2017

The downloadable version of this website has been developed to enable you to use the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits when you are not connected to the internet. It functions as a snapshot of the PBS website that is saved to your computer to be accessed at your leisure.

To keep PBS offline up to date, it should be downloaded fresh with the regular Schedule update that occurs on the first of each month.  The most up to date release of PBS offline can be accessed from the live (online) version of this page.

Download times

Warning: These files are large and may take considerable time to download depending on your internet connection. Below is a guide to download times based on a 30 Mb file, these are estimates only and will vary depending on network traffic and other uncontrollable variables.

Download times
Connection Speed Time
56 Kbps (dial-up) 75 minutes
128Kbps (Broadband) 38 minutes
512Kbps (Broadband) 19 minutes
1.5Mbps (Broadband) 10 minutes

Minimum System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements
Windows Apple
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4),
Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2), OR Microsoft Windows 7 or later
Apple Mac OS X v10.3 or later
Processor PC 866 MHz or faster 866 MHz or faster
RAM 512Mb or More 256Mb or More
Hard Disk Space 500 Mb 500 Mb
Java Version 1.6 (available as download from the Java Website Apple 1.7
Browser Internet Explorer 6 or later; Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later Safari 1.3.2 or later; Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or later

PC Installation Instructions

Once downloaded open the file and follow the on-screen instructions to install.

Mac Installation Instructions

Once downloaded please follow the below instructions:

  1. Use extraction software to extract the files to your desktop, or other specified location;
  2. A PBS icon will appear on your desktop
  3. Double click the icon to launch PBS Offline

Please note – There may be some minor display issues on some pages using the Safari browser on Macintosh machines.

ISO Image – to burn to CD

This file can be used to ‘burn’ the software installation files to a CD for distribution. It contains all versions of the software and an auto play feature for windows machines.

ISO Instructions

Download the ISO file to your computer; this file is in .zip format. Once downloaded please extract to a location on your computer before using your CD Burning software ‘burn the .iso file to CD.

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