Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance
The Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance (RPMA) is a monthly allowance paid to eligible proprietors of section 90 approved pharmacies. The allowance recognises the additional financial burden of maintaining a pharmacy in rural and remote areas of Australia.
In order to be eligible for a Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance payment, the pharmacy must:
- be Section 90 approved;
- have a prescription volume under the upper limit of the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance payment matrix;
- be open, with a pharmacist in attendance, for a minimum of 20 hours each week, four (4) days each week and 48 weeks each allowance year; and
- be in a PhARIA 2 – 6 location, (locations can be found on the PhARIA website).
Applying For The First Time
If you are applying for the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance for the first time, please complete the Application Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org – with RPMA in the subject line.
If you currently receive the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance, you are required to submit a Certification Statement no later than 14 June in the current financial year.
The completed Certification Statement is to be submitted via email to email@example.com – with RPMA in the subject line.
A pharmacy is entitled to payments according to the Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance payment matrix, as long as they maintain eligibility for the rest of the financial year, starting from the month after the pharmacy is approved.
The payments are paid monthly and range from $5,468 to $45,930 per annum.