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Approval in principle (AIP)

An AIP is required to construct, alter or extend a private hospital or day procedure centre.

This website provides guidelines and forms relating to the different types of AIP applications.

On 1 May 2012 the department introduced changes to the way applications for AIP are approved in order to reduce project delays and as part of the Government’s red tape reduction program.

New facilities

A certificate of AIP must be obtained before a private hospital or day procedure centre is constructed.

An application kit has been developed to assist proprietors and developers prepare an application for AIP. The application kit includes a list of information and documents that must be submitted with an application.

A Guidance Note with ‘mandatory requirements and other considerations’ has been developed to assist proprietors or developers of private hospitals and day procedure centres to design facilities that comply with the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines, the Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013 and that are fit for purpose.

  Application kit for Approval in Principal for development of new private hospital or day procedure centre

NOTE: For interactive Word versions of application forms please go to the Forms, checklists and guidelines page on this website.

Alterations or extensions to facilities

A certificate of AIP must be obtained before alterations or extensions are made to registered private hospitals or day procedure centres.

An application kit has been developed to assist proprietors and developers prepare an application for AIP to alter or extend a facility. The kit includes information and documents that must be submitted with an application.

A Guidance Note with ‘mandatory requirements and other considerations’ has been developed to assist proprietors or developers of private hospitals and day procedure centres to design facilities that comply with the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines, the Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013 and that are fit for purpose

  Application kit for Approval in Principle for alterations or extensions to a registered private hospital or day procedure centre

NOTE: For interactive Word versions of application forms please go to the Forms, checklists and guidelines page on this website.

Variation or transfer of AIP

The holder of a current certificate of AIP may apply to vary the certificate (including any conditions) or transfer the certificate to another person.

An application kit has been developed to assist you to apply to vary or transfer the AIP. The application kits include lists of information and documents that must be submitted with the application.

  Application kit to transfer a certificate of Approval in Principle for a private hospital or day procedure centre

  Application kit to vary a certificate of Approval in Principle for a private hospital or day procedure

NOTE: For interactive Word versions of application forms please go to the Forms, checklists and guidelines page on this website.

Useful references

If you are considering applying for an AIP for a new facility or the alteration or extension to an existing facility you should be familiar with the below documents.

Australasian Health Facility Guidelines

Version 4 of the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines (Design Guidelines) was released in December 2010.

These design guidelines provide minimum standard design information for hospitals and day procedure centres. Any proposal that seeks to deviate from the Design Guidelines must be identified and an explanation provided to ensure the design is satisfactory having regard to the type of health services to be carried out in the premises.

They are available on the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines website.

Infection control principles for the management of construction, renovation, repairs and maintenance within health care facilities

Infection control is one of the key priorities in Australian hospitals. This document provides useful information on maintaining appropriate clinical practise when renovating or building a private hospital or day procedure centre.

The 'Infection control principles for the management of construction, renovation, repair and maintenance within health care facilities – a manual for reducing the risk of health care associated infection by dust and water bourne micro-organisms' 2nd Edition can be found on the Institute of Hospital Engineering website.

Approval in Principle (AIP) factsheets

The Private Health Facilities Regulation Unit has developed a number of factsheets to provide information to proprietors to make a smooth transition from AIP inspection to registration or variation of registration of their facility. These factsheets include the following: