Rural Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance

To support improved access to PBS medicines and pharmacy services for people in rural and remote regions of Australia, through the provision of a support allowance which recognises the additional financial burden of maintaining a pharmacy in these areas.

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.

Participation

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).

Applications

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.

 

Payments

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.