Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice

Part A - Clinical Governance Framework

Appendix B. Drug scheduling

Last revised: 07 Nov 2019

Scheduling is a national classification system

The following information is from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).73

Scheduling is a national classification system that controls how medicines and poisons are made available to the public. The schedules are published in the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) and are given legal effect through state and territory legislation.

The SUSMP is legally referred to as the Poisons Standard.


Schedule 1

Not currently in use

Schedule 2

Pharmacy medicine

Schedule 3

Pharmacist only medicine

Schedule 4

Prescription only medicine OR prescription animal remedy

Schedule 5


Schedule 6


Schedule 7

Dangerous poison

Schedule 8

Controlled drug

Schedule 9

Prohibited substance


Term for S8 drug

Australian Capital Territory

Controlled medicine

New South Wales

Drug of addiction

Northern Territory

Schedule 8 substance


Controlled drug

South Australia

Drug of dependence


Narcotic substance


Schedule 8 poison

Western Australia

Drug of addiction