The Commission recently invited feedback on the proposed Cost Recovery Consultation arrangements. The consultation closed at 5 pm on Tuesday 19 October 2021.
A de-identified summary of all submissions will be published on this page soon.
Under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018, organisations seeking to provide aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government are required to be an ‘approved provider’.
To become an approved provider, organisations must make a written application which is assessed by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission). Deciding that a business is suitable to provide aged care involves a significant assessment process.
In the 2021–22 Budget, the Government decided that businesses applying to become an approved provider of aged care will be charged a fee to recover the costs of the assessment of their application.
Accordingly, businesses applying to become an approved provider of aged care will soon be charged a fee by the Commission to recover the costs of assessing their application.
The fee is being introduced to:
- new applicants for approved provider status and existing approved providers seeking approval to provide additional or change the types of services
- ensure quality applicants at market entry level
- increase high quality applications from businesses that will deliver high quality aged care services
- improve the efficiency and responsiveness of the approval process
- reduce the large number of applications received each year that are incomplete or don’t reflect an understanding of the legislated requirements that approved providers of aged care must meet.
Further costs will be recovered from applicants who fail to provide all evidence requested prior to the application being submitted.
The approved provider application fee is anticipated to be introduced in November 2021. The new arrangements and forms will be published on this website.
Why your feedback matters
The Commission has welcomed your feedback on this fee introduction and is required to consider all submissions and take them into account prior to the commencement of fees.
Application fees may be waived or partially cost recovered for applications where the provider will deliver services in an underserviced market area or to underserviced special category consumers.
How your feedback will be used
The feedback received from this consultation will be used to inform further advice to Government on the structure of the fees, and the principles for how fees should be waived or partly imposed.