Hospitals

Page last updated: 29 May 2018

Commonwealth Hospital Declaration

Hospital declarations are made by the Minister for Health pursuant to section 121-5(6) of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 (“the PHI Act”). The declaration takes effect on the date it is signed and cannot be made retrospectively. The PHI Act specifies a number of matters to which the Minister must have regard in granting or revoking a hospital declaration. Section 121-7(f) of the PHI Act provides that hospital declarations are subject to conditions specified in the Private Health Insurance (Health Insurance Business) Rules. The Rules specifies a number of additional matters to which the Minister must have regard in granting hospital declarations.

Requirements for a new hospital declaration

A facility must obtain a declaration that it is a hospital when it commences or when two hospitals amalgamate.

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 524 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 1026 KB)
  • Copy of state/territory hospital licence, and
  • Copy of an accreditation certificate (or evidence that accreditation process has commenced)

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

Any question on provider numbers must be directed to the Department of Human Services at CO.Medicare.Provider.Eligibility@humanservices.gov.au

Current Listing of Commonwealth declared hospitals

The current list of all hospitals is below:

Commonwealth declared public hospitals, private hospitals and day hospital facilities (Excel 349 KB)
Commonwealth declared public hospitals, private hospitals and day hospital facilities (PDF 555 KB)


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