Approval of an Eligible Collection Centre - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to operate a centre from which pathology specimens are collected. Approval of an eligible collection centre will allow you to claim Medicare benefits for pathology services you provide.

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

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be an Approved Pathology Authority (APA)
  • have the necessary equipment for the collection and preparation of specimens for pathology procedures
  • staff the facility with people employed or engaged by an APA
  • properly train staff for the collection and preparation of pathology specimens
  • ensure the proposed collection centre is owned, leased or sub-leased by an approved authority that is the sole proprietor of at least one eligible pathology laboratory that has been approved by the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.






Administering agency

Department of Human Services
Medicare Australia

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance (Accredited Pathology Laboratories - Approval) Principles 2002 (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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