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Private Health Facilities Act 1999 –  1 July 2014

Private Health Facilities Regulation 2016 – 1 October 2016

Private Health Facilities (Standards) Notice 2016 – 1 September 2016

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Only a licensee (the holder of a licence) may operate a private health facility. In most instances, a person may become the licensee of a private health facility only if the person first holds an approval for the facility. For the definition of ‘private health facility’, refer to section 8 of the Act. An application for an approval must be made to the government in the approved form. For suitability matters relevant to an application, refer to section 13 of the Act. An application will only be granted where the proposed facility, and the health services proposed to be provided at the facility, will be compliant with the relevant standards. If an application is granted, the approval may be in force for up to 2 years. A person who has an approval may then apply to the government in the approved form for the relevant licence. A licence may only be granted if a certificate of classification has been issued for the facility or the facility otherwise complies with the building code (among other requirements). If granted, a licence is issued with the conditions set out in section 48 of the Act. The term of a licence may not exceed 1 year or 3 years pursuant to section 50 of the Act.

  • Sections 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 74, 143A, 144, Schedule 3; Regulations 3, 5, 6

A licensee may transfer the licence only if the government grants an application to transfer the licence. For the requirements of transfer applications, refer to section 68 of the Act.

  • Sections 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73
Reason for law

To provide a framework for protecting the health and wellbeing of patients receiving health services at private health facilities. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Private hospitals and day hospitals [Queensland Government]

Private health facilities [Queensland Health]
Licence applications
Private Health Facilities Standards

Private hospital licensing and data collection [Australian Government – Department of Health]





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