Accreditation and Re-accreditation
The Department of Health’s aged care regulatory functions have been transferred to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner. As these take effect from 1 January 2020, the content on this page is currently undergoing review. For a summary of key changes, please click here.
About Accreditation and Re-accreditation
The Commission accredits residential services. Residential services include residential aged care services and flexible care services through which short-term restorative care (STRC services) is provided in a residential care setting. Accreditation is a key component of the aged care regulatory environment established by the Aged Care Act 1997.
Accreditation seeks to assess the quality and care of services delivered by approved providers against the Quality Standards and contributes to improved safety, quality and continuous improvement of services. Residential services must be accredited to receive Australian Government subsidies. The accreditation of services includes the accreditation of commencing services and the re-accreditation of accredited or previously accredited services.
These pages detail these processes:
Accreditation is supported by monitoring of the quality of care and services provided by accredited services.
A previously accredited service may apply for re-accreditation as a recommencing service, if it meets certain criteria. The process for the re-accreditation of recommencing services is the same as the process for the accreditation of commencing services. Refer to the Applying for re-accreditation page for more information.
For further information, see: