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
  • provide your approved pathology authority number if you intend to renewal or amend
  • provide your approved pathology authority name, registered address and address for correspondence
  • provide your authorised representative name and contact details
  • provide your proprietor's ACN, ABN, registered trading name, date trading name expires and whether the proprietor is an individual, partnership, company or a government agency or public body
  • provide details of your company or partnership if applicable
  • provide principal officer details
  • be a fit a proper person.

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 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance Regulations 2018 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Human Services

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Pathology Registration

Department of Human Services

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