Join PDA

The Pharmacy Defence Association (PDA) offers membership for individual Pharmacists and Owner or Manager Pharmacists, with an option for annual or six month membership:
  • Annual membership 1 January to 31 December
  • Six month membership 1 January to 30 June, or 1 July to 31 December

For more information on what PDA membership includes, click here.

All PDA members must complete a declaration when applying for or renewing membership to ensure PDA meets the requirements of our insurer. If this declaration is not completed each year you will not have full PDA protection in the event of an incident occurring.

Newly registered pharmacists who have successfully completed Assessment Centre are covered by the Owner or Manager PDA member at their intern site until the end of the current 6 month period (i.e. May Assessment Centre covered to 30 June, November Assessment Centre covered to 31 December, December Assessment Centre covered to 31 January). Make sure the Pharmacy Council has sent you a copy of your Pharmacist APC before you apply.

Payment new member applications can only be made by credit or debit card through our website.

Membership renewals can be made via credit or debit card, or account to account payment through the PDA website. These can be part of a bulk payment, however new member applications cannot be.

Membership will take effect once your application has been considered and approved. You will be notified via email once this process has been completed.

Pharmacist membership

(Formerly known as Non-Proprietor membership)

Pharmacist membership provides PDA protection for all pharmacist roles within the pharmacist and pharmacist prescriber scope of practice; e.g. community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, primary care, advisory roles.

Pharmacist membership is linked to the pharmacist and not the pharmacy, meaning if you change employment your membership goes with you.

Pharmacist membership:

  • Must hold current APC
  • Annual membership (1 Jan to 31 Dec): $255 (inc. GST)
  • Six-month membership (1 Jan to 30 Jun, or 1 Jul to 31 Dec): $160 (inc. GST)

Owner or Manager membership

(Formerly known as Proprietor membership)

Owner or Manager membership provides PDA protection for the membership holder and all employed non-pharmacist, non-registered staff (not including intern pharmacists) for pharmacy-related matters (e.g. interns, technicians, PACTs and retail assistants) at the pharmacy named on the declaration form. This membership also provides double the amount of public liability protection for the pharmacy (compared to Pharmacist membership).

An Owner or Manager member may only make a declaration for one pharmacy. Those who own more than one pharmacy must nominate one pharmacist per additional pharmacy to be an Owner or Manager member. This is to ensure that all pharmacies and their non-pharmacist, non-registered staff have the full range of PDA membership benefits and protections.

Owner or Manager membership:

  • Must hold current APC
  • Annual membership (1 Jan to 31 Dec): $310 (inc. GST)
  • Six-month membership (1 Jan to 30 Jun, or 1 Jul to 31 Dec): $210 (inc. GST)

Hospital Pharmacist membership

This category is no longer available from 1 January 2020. PDA now provides membership for Hospital Pharmacists under the membership categories above.

To register for PDA membership, click here