Health Service Provider Board Governance Policy

Applicable to: Board-governed Health Service Providers

Description: Under section 32(1) of the Health Services Act 2016 (HSA), the Minister may establish a Health Service Provider (HSP) for a Health Service Area and specify whether the HSP is to be a Board-governed provider. There are currently seven Board-governed HSPs: 
  • Child and Adolescent Health Service
  • East Metropolitan Health Service
  • Health Support Services
  • North Metropolitan Health Service
  • Pathwest
  • South Metropolitan Health Service
  • WA Country Health Service.

HSP Boards (Boards) have been in place since 1 July 2016 with the HSA modernising the governance and delivery of the health system in Western Australia.

The purpose of this Policy is to set minimum standards and expectations for Board operations and governance in relation to their role, responsibilities and functions under the HSA.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Statutory Board Operations Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(d) and (l) of the HSA.

This Policy supersedes MP 0035/16 v.4.1. Health Service Provider Boards - Governance Policy issued in July 2018.


Type of Amendment Date of Effect Description of Amendment
Minor Amendment  6 March 2020  Minor Amendment to Supporting information Health Service Provider Boards – Governance Guide to update remuneration rates and minor terminology changes. 
Minor Amendment 1 July 2020 Minor Amendment to Section 1 Purpose to update list of current board governed Health Service Providers.

Date of effect: 14 May 2019

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