Approved Pathology Authority - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you are the owner of a pathology laboratory and intend to claim Medicare benefits.

For a pathologists' services to be eligible for a Medicare rebate they must be conducted by an approved pathologist in an approved pathology laboratory. Additionally, the owner of the pathology laboratory must be an approved pathology authority.

An approved pathology authority has effective control of the:

  • laboratory premises
  • use of equipment in the laboratory
  • employment of staff in the laboratory.

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 approval you must:

  • own a pathology laboratory that intends to claim Medicare benefits
  • meet the requirements in the Approved Pathology Authority Undertaking. This is a legal declaration and part of the application form.

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 $1500.00
Renew Renewal All $1500.00

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 AG

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance Regulations 1975 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

Medicare Australia

Department of Human Services

Mailing address: GPO BOX 9822
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 721 546