17 October 2022
The Department of Health and Aged Care is conducting a public consultation for the revised Aged Care Quality Standards from 17 October – 25 November 2022.
Everyone connected to the aged care sector – aged care recipients, families and carers, providers, workers, experts and peaks – is encouraged to attend the department’s online consultation launch webinar on Monday 17 October, from 1:00–3:00 pm AEDT.
The department conducted a review of the Aged Care Quality Standards, as recommended by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and is now seeking feedback on the draft revised Standards.
Public consultations will involve a range of engagement activities and forums, including today’s launch webinar and online focus groups.
About the revised Aged Care Quality Standards
The Aged Care Quality Standards provide a shared understanding of what is expected in aged care, and are a valuable resource for older Australians, their families, aged care providers and people working in the sector. In March 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety called for an urgent review of the Aged Care Quality Standards in their final report.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has now spoken with groups from across the aged care sector, as well as the community, to understand what changes should be made. The new Quality Standards will be:
- easier to understand
- relevant to more aged care services
- more measurable
- easier to apply.
The upcoming public consultations are a valuable opportunity to hear more about the draft Aged Care Quality Standards and have a say.
For more information and to have your say, visit the Department of Health and Aged Care’s Engagement Hub.