Recognition as a Specialist or Consultant Physician - Australian Government


You will require this recognition if you are a specialist medical practitioner or consultant physician that intends to provide services to private patients that attract Medicare benefits at the specialist or consultant physician rates.

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 meet the criteria of a recognised specialist you must provide evidence that you:

  • are based predominantly in Australia
  • are a fellow of an organisation of a speciality that is recognised by the Agency
  • have obtained a relevant qualification from a relevant organisation after successful completion of an appropriate course of study.

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


You'll get a letter when your recognition is complete. You can claim benefits for specialist items from the eligibility date in the letter.


Ongoing unless you cease to live in Australia.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $30.00

A $30 application fee must be paid by cheque or money order.

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:

Provider Eligibility Section, Specialist Recognition

Medicare Australia

Department of Human Services

Mailing address: PO BOX 1001
Tuggeranong DC, Australian Capital Territory 2901
Phone: 13 21 50
Phone: 02 6143 8157