Hospitals

Page last updated: 06 October 2017

Commonwealth Hospital Declaration

Hospital declaration is made by the Minister for Health (or Minister’s delegate) pursuant to s.121-5(6) of the Commonwealth’s Private Health Insurance Act 2007 (“the PHI Act”) for private health insurance benefits, the Medicare Benefits Scheme and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, where applicable. Declaration is a legal instrument, signed by the Minister for Health (or Minister’s delegate). It takes effect on the date it is signed and cannot be made retrospectively.

In deciding whether to declare that a facility is a hospital, or to revoke such a declaration, the Minister (or delegate) must have regard to matters specified in s.121-5(7) of the PHI Act. The PHI Act can be accessed at the Comlaw website.

Requirements for a new hospital declaration

A facility must obtain a declaration that it is a hospital, whether or not it already has such declaration in force, under the following circumstances:

  • commencement of new facility;
  • change of existing hospital’s registered business name;
  • change of existing hospital’s physical location (address); and
  • amalgamation of existing hospitals.

These conditions apply equally to both public and private hospitals.

In the event where a declaration is sought for matters described above, for best administrative practice and to assist the Minister for Health (or Minister’s delegate) in deciding whether to declare that a facility is a hospital, the facility is required to provide the following evidence:

For Public Hospitals

Word version: Public Hospital Information Form (Word 528 KB)
  • A letter or email from the State/Territory Department of Health advising of either a new public hospital or any changes that need to be made.
  • Copy of an accreditation certificate (or evidence that accreditation process has commenced)

For Private Hospitals

Word version: Private Hospital Information Form (Word 1030 KB)
  • Copy of state/territory hospital licence, and
  • Copy of an accreditation certificate (or evidence that accreditation process has commenced)

Note: Under the circumstances where a new private hospital is located on the same ground as a public hospital, or located within the public hospital buildings; the co-located hospitals, both public and private hospitals are also required to complete the Co-located Form. This is found at the end of the Private Hospital Information Form.

For further information regarding the hospital declaration process, please email phi@health.gov.au

**Please note that the declaration process may take up to 10 working days to complete.

Current Listing of Commonwealth declared hospitals

The current list of all hospitals is below:

Excel version:Commonwealth declared public hospitals, private hospitals and day hospital facilities (Excel 98 KB)
PDF version:Commonwealth declared public hospitals, private hospitals and day hospital facilities (PDF 208 KB)

as at 28 July 2017


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