New Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery from 1st July

Medical Board & AHPRA Regulations – Effective 1st July 2023


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia are implementing new regulations for Cosmetic Surgery patients from the 1st of July 2023.

The new stronger regulations are designed to protect patients and improve standards of care for cosmetic procedures.


  • A GP referral will be mandatory for ALL patients having a consultation for surgery.
  • A minimum of two consultations are required for cosmetic surgery.
  • There will be a patient pre-screening assessment test (PAT) for BDD.
  • A cooling-off period of at least seven days after signing a consent form before booking surgery and paying a deposit etc.
  • There will be a more detailed informed consent document and process.
  • Doctors will have Higher Standards in training & experience – CPD requirements.
  • Accredited facilities will be required for surgery.
  • New Rules around the use of Medical Titles like Surgeon
  • There will be Tougher Advertising Standards for Cosmetic Surgery.

It is important for all doctors, nurses, and consumers to keep themselves up-to-date with the new regulations.

We’ll continue to update this blog as new information becomes available.

For more details, please refer to the Medical Board Website FAQs on Reforms at a Glance or contact us for further details.

AHPRA Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery 2
AHPRA Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery 1

If you have already booked your surgery for after 1st July 2023, our team will contact you if there are any changes to your current arrangements.