Private hospitals and day procedure centres in NSW must be licensed and meet the standards set out in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2010.

You can only lodge an application for a licence after you've received the NSW Ministry of Health's approval for the plans and specifications of the facility.

Once your application has been received and assessed, an Approval in Principle will be issued. This Approval is valid for 12 months (under certain conditions an extension can be requested).

A final inspection is then carried out to ensure the facility has been built in accordance with the approved plans, and that it complies with the conditions of the Approval in Principle and all relevant legislation. Building, fire and other related certification will be required during the inspection.

The issued licence will specify the private health facility's classes and services.


An individual or company wishing to operate a private health facility, who has requested and received approval from the NSW Ministry of Health for the building/s plans and specifications.

What you need

  • the PDF form – Application for a licence for a private health facility
  • full company extract from ASIC (if applicable)
  • copy of the certificate of incorporation (if applicable)
  • copy of the Act incorporating the church or organisation (if applicable)
  • the PDF form – Statutory Declaration
  • the PDF form – Fitness and Probity Check
  • National Police Check
  • ASIC certificate of registered business name
  • details of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers and description for each class of licence sought
  • details of the proposed rehabilitation and mental health programs (if applicable)
  • signed letter from a registered specialist anaesthetist stating the level and type of anaesthetic to be used (if applicable)
  • business case detailing why there is a need for the private health facility services in the proposed location, including:
    • details of the clinical specialties, type and level of service to be provided
    • current availability of these services in the public and private sector within the estimated catchment area
    • the likely demand for the proposed services in the catchment area or target population
    • projected demographic and other factors that may affect demand for the proposed services
  • copy of the lease (if applicable)
  • evidence of ownership (if applicable)
  • copy of the current development application or approval, or certification from an authorised certifier, for the use of the premises as a Building Code of Australia (BCA) Class 9(a) health care building
  • development application or certification for use of the premises as a BCA Class 5 building (if applicable)
  • 2 copies of the architectural plans, drawn to a scale of 1:100 showing the dimensions of each part of the facility, fittings and furnishings.

How to apply

  1. Select the 'Download PDF form' button
  2. Complete and sign the form
  3. Gather all the required documentation.
  4. Make your payment online at the NSW Ministry of Health payment portal.
  5. Email the completed application form, the required documents and a copy of the payment receipt to the email on the form. 

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Last updated: 28 November 2023