From March 2017 it became a requirement for any facility in NSW undertaking certain cosmetic procedures (except dental) to be licensed.
Any procedures meeting the definition of cosmetic surgery in the NSW Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017 is only to be undertaken in private facilities licensed in accordance with the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 .
Cosmetic surgery to occur in a licensed facility is defined as
These requirements were introduced following serious incidents involving cosmetic surgery in NSW in unlicensed facilities. These legislative requirements are aimed at protecting the public, directly relate to clinical care and safety, and to the safety of the premises where procedures are performed.
Cosmetic surgical procedures are subject to the same licensing standards that currently apply to all licensed private health facilities. The general licensing standards are set out in Schedule 1 of the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017 and the associated licensing standards that apply to the cosmetic surgery class are detailed in Schedule 2 of the Regulation.
The Ministry's Regulation and Compliance Unit monitors compliance with the cosmetic surgery legislation in unlicensed facilities.
It is an offence to conduct an unlicensed private health facility. If the Ministry receives information that a premises may be conducting an unlicensed private health facility, the Ministry does have powers (and uses them) to enter and inspect the premises and, if there is sufficient evidence, to prosecute the operator.
Part 5 sections 50, 51A,51B and 52 of the Private Health Facilities Act 2007 gives authorised officers the powers to:
Regulation and Compliance Unit
Telephone: +61 2 9424 5955 Email: MOH-PrivateHealthCare@health.nsw.gov.au Postal Address: (please note email correspondence is preferred) Locked Mail Bag 2030, St Leonards NSW 1590