Location rules sunset clause abolished

The National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits – Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has now passed through both houses of parliament, providing much-needed certainty and stability for Australia’s 5,700 community-pharmacy small businesses.

Among other measures, the National Health Amendment passed by the senate this month abolishes the sunset clause of the location rules, ensuring they don’t automatically expire at the end of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement in June 2020. The government’s commitment to removing the sunset clause was part of the 2017 Pharmacy Compact.

Welcoming the passage of the legislation, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National President George Tambassis said: “This measure is in recognition of the fact that community pharmacies need certainty and stability to continue investing in their small businesses and employing staff to serve the healthcare needs of their patients.

“We thank the government, the opposition and the Australian Greens for supporting the passage of this legislation.”