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Updated PBS Text files
From the 1 December 2020 PBS Schedule onwards, the current PBS Text files will be replaced by two new sets of Text files; One set will contain the standard PBS Schedule effective data, and one will also contain Supply-Only data. This document outlines the additional changes between the current PBS Text files and the new files (PDF 207KB) - Word (25KB).
1 May 2021
Please note, the 1 April Addendum does not apply to the TXT and XML files as they have been updated to contain the relevant information.
- PBS Text files (ZIP 3MB) - PBS Text files (Supply Only) (ZIP 3MB)
- PBS XML V3 file (ZIP 8MB)
- PBS XML V2 down-converted file (ZIP 6MB)
The PBS XML v3 schema was implemented by the Department of Health from release of the September 2017 Schedule. The Department will continue to distribute the Down-converted V2.12 PBS XML and TXT Extracts pending further consultation with software vendors and other users of the data. The schema is available on the Developers website.
Previous TXT Extracts and XML files can be accessed on the Publications Archive page.
1 May 2021
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.
Warning: These files are large and may take considerable time to download depending on your internet connection.
Minimum System Requirements
|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:
- Use extraction software to extract the files to your desktop, or other specified location;
- A PBS icon will appear on your desktop
- Double click the icon to launch PBS Offline