Under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (the Commission Act), an approved provider is an organisation that has been assessed and approved by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to deliver Australian Government subsidised home, residential or flexible care services to eligible older Australians.
To become an approved provider, organisations must make a written application to the Commission. You can find out more on Becoming an approved provider of aged care
In the 2021–22 Budget, the Government made a decision that organisations applying to become an approved provider will be charged fees by the Commission to assess their application.
The Commission recently completed a public consultation on the introduction of fees for applications from organisations wishing to become an approved provider of aged care services.
Forty-five submissions were received by the Commission and feedback has been used to inform the Government’s approach on the structure of the fees.
A de-identified summary of the feedback is now available.
In accordance with Section 23 of the Commission Act, organisations who are seeking approved provider status must pay a fee to have their application assessed by the Commission.
Fees are applicable to:
- new applicants for approved provider status
- existing approved providers seeking approval to provide additional or change the types of services.
Applicants are required to pay one of the following fees:
|Single care type applications||$8,780|
|Multiple (2) care type applications||$10,110|
|Multiple (3) care type applications||$11,710|
Further costs apply for applicants who fail to provide all evidence required when submitting their application.
Organisations can apply to have an application fee waived if they are seeking approval to provide residential, home or flexible aged care and services which meet the following 3 conditions:
- they provide all, or at least 85% of care and services, to care recipients located in Modified Monash Model areas 6 and 7 – regions which are remote or very remote, and
- they can provide strong evidence of the above intention, and
- they include detailed information about the services they intend to deliver in these remote or very remote areas, which the Commission will use to cross-reference with the information submitted in their application form.
Cost Recovery Implementation Statement
The Commission’s Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) outlines the arrangement of fees, charges and waivers that apply to organisations seeking approved provider status and existing approved providers seeking approval to provide additional or change the types of services.