Contacts for State/Territory drugs & poisons units

Scheduling medicines & poisons

7 December 2015

Each State and Territory has its own laws that determine where consumers can buy a particular medicine or poison, and how it is to be packaged and labelled. However, State and Territory Governments classify the vast majority of medicines and poisons in accordance with the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) to achieve a uniform national approach to the scheduling of substances and uniform labelling and packaging requirements.

The SUSMP contains the decisions of the Secretary to the Department of Health and Ageing, or a delegate, regarding the classification of medicines and poisons into Schedules.

The implementation of the SUSMP, as it affects access to and supply of medicines and poisons, is given legal effect through relevant State and Territory drugs, poisons and controlled substances legislation.

Advice on the interpretation of the SUSMP and/or the legal requirements in a particular State or Territory may be obtained from:

Australian Capital Territory

Pharmaceutical Services
ACT Health
Locked Bag 5
WESTON ACT 2611

New South Wales

Pharmaceutical Services
NSW Ministry of Health
Locked Mail Bag 961
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

Northern Territory

Poisons Control
Department of Health, Northern Territory
PO Box 40596
CASUARINA NT 0811

Queensland

Medicine Regulation Quality Unit
Environmental Health Branch, Health Protection Directorate
Queensland Health
PO Box 2368
FORTITUDE VALLEY BC QLD 4006

South Australia

Drugs labelling and scheduling

Medicines and Technology Policy and Programs
PO Box 287
Rundle Mall
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Poisons labelling and scheduling

Public Health
Department of Health
PO Box 6 Rundle Mall
ADELAIDE SA 5000

  • Telephone: 08 8226 7100
  • Fax: 08 8226 7102

Tasmania

Pharmaceutical Services Branch
Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
GPO Box 125
HOBART TAS 7001

Victoria

Department of Health
Drugs and Poisons Regulation
PO Box 4541
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Western Australia

Pharmaceutical Services Branch
Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning Directorate
Department of Health, Western Australia
PO Box 8172
PERTH BUSINESS CENTRE WA 6849