Hospitals

Page last updated: 06 February 2018

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 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

**Please note that the declaration process will take no longer than 4 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 100 KB)
PDF version: Commonwealth declared public hospitals, private hospitals and day hospital facilities (PDF 209 KB)


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