The first EU agreement on pharmacies included a compensation package for pharmacists as well as a package of structural reforms aimed at promoting better distribution of pharmacies across Australia (through provisions restricting the opening of new pharmacies) and encouraging the closure or merger of pharmacies located in supercharged areas. The scope of subsequent agreements has been expanded to include funding for pharmacy programs (for example. B programs to assist patients in the management of their medications) and other issues. The Community Agreement on Pharmacies is a five-year agreement (currently in the fifth cycle) that regulates how pharmacies supply drugs listed in the Pharmaceutical Services System (PBS). While the average Australian makes more than 14 visits to a community pharmacy each year, few people are aware of the impact of this agreement on Australian pharmacy. The signing of 7CPA demonstrates the government`s ongoing commitment to helping Australian patients through a community pharmacy. The agreement is between the Pharmaceutical Guild of Australia (PGA) and the Commonwealth Government on the basis of a key clause of the National Health Act of 1953. It states that any agreement on how the Commonwealth pays for PBS articles must be concluded with the PGA or any other pharmacist organization representing the majority of “certified pharmacists.” With the municipality`s current pharmacy contract expiring on June 30, 2020, a new agreement is being negotiated. The Australian government pays licensed pharmacists for the provision of Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) drugs to patients. For Community pharmacists, the amount of remuneration is agreed between the government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the Guild representing the majority of pharmacy owners) and set by pharmacy contracts for five consecutive years. Under the legislation establishing the PBS framework, Parliament has no direct role in the adoption or approval of the agreement, with pharmacy agreements negotiated between the Minister of Health and the Guild and which take effect through a provision of the PBRT.

However, Parliament may be invited to consider legislation transposing certain issues into the Community`s pharmaceutical contracts. For example, in 2015, Parliament passed the Pharmaceutical Benefits Act in 2015, which implemented 6CPA issues, such as the optional one-dollar rebate on patient supplements and the continuation of pharmacy localization rules. The current agreement is the sixth EU Agreement on Pharmacies (6CPA). It was manufactured in 2015 and modified in 2017. In addition to pharmacist compensation, it includes funding for the pharmaceutical supply chain and a number of pharmacy programs. The original 6CPA was estimated at $18.9 billion in compensation and funding over five years (p. 9), which covered $15.5 billion by the Australian government and $3.4 billion from patient bps. Budget 2017/18 included payments of $225 million to Community pharmacies and wholesalers over the remaining duration of 6CPA to offset lower-than-expected PBS prescription volumes. In 1981, an independent pharmaceutical compensation tribunal (PBRT) was established to determine the remuneration of pharmacies for the dispensing of PBS-based drugs.

In 1989, the PBRT proposed amendments to reduce the pay of pharmacy owners (p. 36). This sparked a dispute between the government and the Guild over the calculation of compensation, which was settled by the signing on December 6, 1990, of the first community pharmacy agreement between the Guild and the Minister of Age, Family and Health Services.