Licence to Operate a Private Hospital - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a private hospital. For the purposes of this licence, a private hospital includes:

  • maternity homes
  • day hospital facilities
  • nursing homes
  • nursing posts
  • any facility the Minister for Health has classified as a hospital.

You can apply for this licence as an individual or as an organisation. Licences are assessed by the Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit of the Western Australian Department of Health.

Day hospital facilities are categorised by the type of care they provide. If you are applying for a licence to operate one of these facilities, you will need to comply with the licensing requirements for that category.

If you intend to operate a nursing home, this licence is not required if the home is certified as a residential aged care service.

If you intend to operate a Class A Private Day Hospital (General Anaesthesia), you must also have your facility accredited with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

You may also apply to have your licence endorsed to allow the admission of patients under an involuntary mental health treatment order.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence as an individual, you must:

  • be over the age of 18
  • be a person of good character and reputation
  • be a suitable person to operate a private hospital
  • have sufficient financial resources to comply with the licence obligations
  • fully understand the duties and obligations of the licence
  • undergo an inspection of the proposed hospital to ensure it is suitably equipped and managed.

To be eligible for this licence as an organisation, you must:

  • be a firm of more than two people or a body corporate
  • satisfy the Department of Health that each person involved in the management of the proposed hospital is of good character and reputation
  • have sufficient financial resources to comply with the licence obligations
  • fully understand the duties and obligations of the licence
  • undergo an inspection of the proposed hospital to ensure it is suitably equipped and managed.

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

Ongoing requirements

You must comply with all the requirements set by the Department of Health for the type of hospital or care facility you operate.

Commencement

Your licence will commence on the day it is granted.

Duration

Annual.

Expiry

Licences expire on 1 January each year.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$6,875.00Application for a licence to operate a private hospital with fewer than 25 beds.
Application$7,950.00

Application for a licence to operate a private hospital with 25 to 100 beds.

Application$11,085.00

Application for a licence to operate a private hospital with 101 to 200 beds.

Application$14,185.00

Application for a licence to operate a private hospital with more than 200 beds.

RenewRenewal$1,200.00

Renewal of licence (less than 25 beds).

Renewal$1,250.00

Renewal of licence (25 to 100 beds).

Renewal$1,450.00

Renewal of licence (100 to 200 beds).

Renewal$1,990.00

Renewal of licence (more than 200 beds).

GeneralDuplicate Certificate$348.00Replacement

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Licence to Operate a Private Hospital - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Application

Renew

An application for renewal must be made on or before 30 November.


Additional information

You may need to provide additional information and evidence with your application if requested by the Department of Health.

It is an offence to admit a patient under an involuntary mental health treatment order unless your hospital licence has been endorsed by the department.

The department may impose conditions or restrictions on your licence.

The department publicly lists all licensed private hospitals.

Administering agency

Department of Health
Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit

Act(s) name

Private Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Hospitals (Licensing and Conduct of Private Hospitals) Regulations 1987 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Health
Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit


Operating address:
Level 1, B Block, Department of Health
189 Royal Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004

Phone:

08 9222 4027

Fax:

08 9222 4077
LARUReception@health.wa.gov.au

Supporting information

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