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Quick Intro

Through the 2018/19 Commonwealth Budget, the Government announced support for the implementation of electronic prescribing.  The Commonwealth Department of Health (Health) is leading the work to enable electronic prescribing and has overall accountability for the electronic prescribing project. Health has partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) to develop the technical components of the project, including the solution architecture and a conformance framework supporting the legal prescribing and dispensing of medicines and subsequent Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claiming from electronic prescriptions.

Developer Guides

Start with the Electronic Prescribing Conformance Process below - this includes mandatory registration requirements and reading.

Introduction:  Electronic Prescribing Conformance Process
Guide 1: CIS to Open PDS or ASLR - Electronic Prescribing Developer Guide
Guide 2: PDS and ASLR - Electronic Prescribing Developer Guide
Guide 3: CIS with a Direct PDS - Electronic Prescribing Developer Guide
Guide 4: Additional HI Service requirements for Electronic Prescribing

If you are connecting your software to the My Health Record system then you may wish to follow our combined developer guides here:




Continuation of SMS reimbursement and the Electronic Prescription Fee

On behalf of the Department of Health and Aged Care, the Australian Digital Health Agency advises that the reimbursements of electronic prescription tokens sent via SMS will be extended until 30 June 2023, via the existing SMS Gateway providers.


Electronic Prescriptions Conformance Profile Sunset dates

 In response to feedback received and in recognition of the current state of development progress, the Agency has extended the sunset dates. 


Discontinuation of TLS 1.1 access to Verizon certificates-australia websites

NOTE DATE CHANGE: The upgrade will now take place on Saturday 25 June 2022.

Verizon Australia is a third party organisation who manages the issuance of both Medicare and NASH PKI certificates that are used by Healthcare Organisations to undertake electronic business with Services Australia.


Transition to NASH SHA-2 Certificates - Notifications

Changes to the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) PKI certificates - The Australian Digital Health Agency has been working closely with Services Australia and the medical software industry to upgrade the NASH authentication system to enhance security when accessing digital health services.


Pharmacist Shared Medicines List v1.1.1 Released

The Agency has published the specifications for the new Pharmacist Shared Medicines (PSML) document type. This is the first public release of the PSML specification. Previous releases were made available on a trial basis to limited audiences.