This information outlines the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s (Commission) cost recovery arrangements for approved providers of residential services.
What is ‘cost recovery’ of accreditation services?
The Australian Government applies full cost recovery for accreditation of residential services.
The move to cost recovery follows measures announced in the 2015/16 Budget that now apply to the Commission. Under the Australian Government’s cost recovery arrangements, Government entities charge individuals or organisations some or all of the costs of a specific government activity which may include goods, services, regulation, or a combination of these.
Current cost recovery arrangements
The Commission will be publishing a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement about the cost recovery for audits of approved providers by July 2025, and will engage in public consultation during the 2023-24 and/or 2024-25 financial years as part of this process. Until this time, the fee schedule will remain as described in the section above Fees for accredited or previously accredited services (excluding recommencing services).
The CRIS will outline the arrangements by which approved providers will pay fees and charges for the cost accreditation of those services, including details of any fee waivers.
What are the fees?
Please see our Accreditation Fees for full fee and payment details.
These fees apply to:
- Assessment and determination of applications for accreditation of commencing services; and
- Assessment and determination of re-accreditation of residential services including accredited services, previously accredited services and recommencing services
Proposed changes to cost recovery
The 2015-16 Budget announced that a new fee schedule from 1 July 2016 would recover the full operating costs of accreditation. This proposal included unannounced visits, which previously had not been subject to cost recovery.
The 2018-19 Federal Budget announced that providers will not be required to pay a levy for unannounced site visits until 1 July 2020.
For further feedback or inquiries on cost recovery, please contact the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission by emailing email@example.com or contact your local Regional Office by calling 1800 951 822 (free call).