Approval of an Eligible Collection Centre - Australian Government


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.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $1000.00
Renew Renewal All $1000.00

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 AG

Regulation(s) name

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

Administering agency

Department of Human Services

Medicare Australia

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Pathology Registration, Program Management and Government Relations

Medicare Australia

Department of Human Services

Mailing address: GPO BOX 9822
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9605 7013
Fax: 03 9605 7984