In the ACT, a community pharmacy must be licensed according to the Public Health Act 1997 and must comply with the requirements of the Public Health (Community Pharmacy) Code of Practice 2016.
A pharmacy business owner must be a pharmacist, a complying pharmacy corporation or a former corporate pharmacist in accordance with the Public Health Act 1997.
In addition, a pharmacy must comply with requirements of the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008, which establishes authorisations and criteria to deal with medicines and poisons.
Failure to have a licence may render a community pharmacy owner liable for penalties or other enforcement action under the Public Health Act 1997.
Relevant legislation and the Community Pharmacy Code of Practice are available on the ACT Legislation Register.
Please contact the Pharmaceutical Service section of the Health Protection Service (HPS) on 02 5124 9208 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please apply online for a Community Pharmacy Licence under the Public Health Act 1997.
The fees for a Community Pharmacy Licence are as follows:
- new licence fee - $698.25
- renewal of licence (annual) fee - $698.25
- transfer of ownership fee - $418.10
Please see the links below for more information: