Key messages

  • There are strict regulations and standards for facility design and fit-out, aimed at optimum infection prevention and control, and patient safety.
  • Guidelines cover minimum design standards and infection control during building works.
  • An application is required to vary or transfer a current approval in principle certificate.

An approval in principle (AIP) certificate is required before building, altering or extending a private hospital or day procedure centre.

AIP certificate to build a new private health facility

A proprietor or developer must apply for and obtain an AIP certificate before they construct a private hospital or day procedure centre, using the Application kit for Approval in Principal for development of new private hospital or day procedure centre.

This kit lists the information required and the documents to be submitted with the application. It also includes guidance on how to design a facility that complies with the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines, the Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013and is fit for purpose.

AIP certificate to alter or extend a private health facility

A proprietor or developer must apply for and obtain an AIP certificate before altering or extending a registered private hospital or day procedure centre, using the Application kit for Approval in Principle for alterations or extensions to a registered private hospital or day procedure centre.

This kit lists the information required and the documents to submit with the application. It also includes guidance on how to design a facility that complies with the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines, the Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013and is fit for purpose.

Vary or transfer an AIP certificate

The holder of a current AIP certificate must apply for approval before varying it, or transferring it to another person. 

Final inspection before registration or variation is approved

When the building works are complete, the certificate of occupancy and any other certifications for compliance must be sent to the department. An authorised officer from the department and a building inspector will inspect the site to ensure compliance with the Health Services (Private Hospital and Day Procedure Centre) Regulations 2013, and ensure that it is fit for purpose.

This inspection is required before proprietors can register a new facility or use a modified area(s) in an existing facility.

Application forms for approval in principle

All application forms for approval in principle can be found on the applications and forms page.