About licensing of private healthcare facilities

The Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit (LARU) is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of private hospitals, psychiatric hostels, nursing homes, nursing posts, and human reproductive technology (HRT) practices and or storage facilities in Western Australia.

Private hospitals (all classes)

This is carried out under the authority of the Private Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927 (external site) and the provisions of the Hospitals (Licensing and Conduct of Private Hospitals) Regulations 1987 (external site) and the Hospitals (Licensing and Conduct of Private Psychiatric Hostels) Regulations 1997 (external site).

Accreditation of public and private healthcare facilities

The Department of Health Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit (LARU) is the state regulator responsible for regulating accreditation of all public and private hospitals, private day hospitals (Class A) and public dental services as per the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme in Western Australia.

The National Health Reform Act 2011 establishes the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) which is responsible for formulating National Safety and Quality Standards relating to health care safety and quality matters. This includes formulating and coordinating the AHSSQA Scheme, which provides for the national coordination of accreditation processes.

Read more about accreditation (external site)

Private assisted reproductive technology (ART) practices and or storage facilities

This is carried out under the authority of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (external site), Human Reproductive Technology Regulations 1993 (external site)and the Human Reproductive Technology Directions 2021 (external site).

Accreditation of private assisted reproductive technology (ART) practices and or storage facilities

The Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) of the Fertility Society of Australia is the national regulator responsible for regulating accreditation of all assisted reproductive technology practices and or storage facilities in Australia, as per the RTAC Codes of Practice.

It is a requirement of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991, Part 4 s 29 5(aa) that all licence applicants are accredited to carry out reproductive technology by RTAC.

Read more about accreditation (external site).

Dental practices

Dental review – regulation of deep IV sedation

The Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit (LARU) at the Department of Health is the delegated authority to regulate the Act.

LARU wish to thank all stakeholders that completed the survey as the information was valuable to identify many key areas and ensure a drafting process with further consultation of standards are appropriate

Contact

LARU contacts

Area Contact number email
General enquiries 08 6373 2347 LARUReception@health.wa.gov.au
Compliance inspections and incident reporting 08 6373 2260 LARUCompliance@health.wa.gov.au
Licensing 08 6373 2256 /57 LARULicensing@health.wa.gov.au
Building 08 6373 2248 LARUBuilding@health.wa.gov.au
Accreditation LARUAccreditation@health.wa.gov.au
Strategy / Projects 08 6373 2246 LARUStrategic@health.wa.gov.au

Assisted reproductive technology

Area              Contact number email
Licensing 08 6373 2256 /57 LARULicensing@health.wa.gov.au
Compliance 08 6373 2260 LARUCompliance@health.wa.gov.au
RTU 08 6373 23366 rtu@health.wa.gov.au
Last reviewed: 22-05-2024
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