Accredited Pathology Laboratories - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you have a laboratory from which pathology services are provided. This licence is for the premises only and is a compulsory requirement for the claiming of Medicare benefits.

Laboratory categories include general, medical and specialised laboratories:

  • a general category laboratory operates under the supervision of a pathologist or senior scientist
  • a medical laboratory operates under a medical practitioner
  • a specialised laboratory operates under the supervision of a person with special qualifications or skills.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.



Up to 3 years.



The following fees are payable by laboratory category: Category GX - $2500; Category GY - $2000; Category B - $1500; Category M - $750; Category S - $750.

Administering agency

Department of Human Services
Medicare Australia

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance Regulations 1975 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Pathology Registration, Program Management and Government Relations
Department of Human Services
Medicare Australia

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 9822
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


03 9605 7013


03 9605 7984

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