Key changes for aged care providers
Commencement of the Aged Care Quality Standards
On 1 July 2019, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (Commission) began assessing and monitoring the quality of care and services against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards).
Please see our Transitioning to the new Standards page where you can access a transitional arrangements fact sheet about the key changes for approved providers.
Commission Act and Rules
For information about changes for approved providers when the Commission was established on 1 January 2019, please see our Commission Act and Rules page. Here you can access fact sheets including the following:
- Accreditation and re-accreditation key changes fact sheet;
- Request for specified information key changes fact sheet; and
- Consent to access premises key changes fact sheet.
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 via the conduct of site audits.
These pages detail these processes:
Accreditation is supported by monitoring of the quality of care and services provided by accredited services through assessment contacts and review audits.
For further information, see: