Billing Agent Approval - Certificate of Registration - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to operate as a billing agent to claim benefits from Medicare or private health funds on behalf of your patients.

Billing agents must be approved by Medicare and can be a fund, a hospital, an individual or an organisation.

Becoming a billing agent increases the convenience for your patients as they are not required to make subsequent claims to Medicare. In the event that Medicare, or a private health fund, does not cover the total cost of services the patient may be required to pay the difference.

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

You may apply as a:

  • individual
  • partnership (all partners must sign the application)
  • corporation
  • state or territory government authority or other public body.

If you are applying as a corporation, you will need to include a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. You must submit evidence of the establishment of a trust account or compartmentalised trust account to receive payments on behalf of others. You must also submit search results from the Bankruptcy Register and the Disqualified Directors Register.

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




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1000.00 -
Apply Application All $500.00 Application fee if applicant has previously been approved.

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance Regulations 2018 Australian Government

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Simplified Billing

Medicare Australia

Department of Human Services

Mailing address: Medicare Australia
Tuggeranong DC
Australian Capital Territory 2901
Phone: 02 6143 7557
Fax: 02 6124 4102