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. Our Becoming an approved provider will guide you through the process.
Following extensive consultation, fees and charges for approved provider applications were introduced by the Commission in November 2021. 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||$8,720|
|Multiple (2) care type applications||$10,060|
|Multiple (3) care type applications||$11,650|
Further costs apply for applicants who fail to provide all evidence required when submitting their application. These requirements are detailed in Section 23 of the Commission Act.
Organisations can apply to have an application fee waived if they are seeking approval to provide residential, home or flexible aged care and services that 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 that are remote or very remote
- they can provide strong evidence of the above intention
- 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 reviews the charging model and fee schedule on a financial year basis.
The Commission’s 2022–23 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.
There is a small reduction in fees for 2022–23 due to a decrease in staffing costs and a minor increase in licensing costs. A list comparing new and old fees is included in the CRIS.