Becoming an approved aged care provider
Please ensure you read this page before contacting the Commission, as it contains all relevant information on becoming an approved provider. The Commission will be better placed to assist you if you have had the opportunity to learn more about what is required prior to emailing.
Businesses applying to become an approved aged care provider will soon be charged a fee.
Public consultation is currently underway until 5pm, Tuesday 19 October 2021.
We are currently reviewing our application forms and guidance material. The new application forms and guidance will be available to use from 1 November 2021.
The currently approved forms and guidance can be used until 1 November.
From 1 November, only applications submitted with the new application forms will be accepted.
What is an approved aged care provider?
We assess and approve applicants under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (Commission Act) to provide services under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Aged Care Act). These services include:
- entry level support at home
- a higher level of support for senior Australians who are able to keep living at home with assistance
- care options and accommodation for senior Australians who are unable to live independently at home
The Australian Government subsidises approved aged care providers to deliver aged care services.
What does an approved aged care provider do?
You need to be approved to provide services under:
- home care - Please see the consumer manual or provider manual for detailed information on this service.
- residential aged care
- flexible care, including multi-purpose services, innovative care, transition care and short-term restorative care
- are responsible for the care they deliver
- assist care recipients to make decisions about quality care
- manage government subsidies
- manage care recipients’ fees and payments
Who does not need to be approved?
You can also apply for government grants under some other programs. You do not need to be approved to provide services under:
- the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
- the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program
These providers must still comply with the Quality and Safety Commission Act, Rules and the Aged Care Act.
Why do aged care providers need to be approved?
The Government subsidises approved providers under the Aged Care Act, making them more affordable and accessible to eligible care recipients.
Care recipients can search for these providers on My Aged Care.
To maintain funding, the Government assesses and monitors the approved provider’s performance against the Aged Care Quality Standards.
Not all aged care providers need to be approved by the Commission to provide services. These private providers don’t receive government funding.
Eligibility to be an approved provider
We approve providers only when:
- the organisation satisfied certain matters set out in Part 7A of the Commission Act
- they understand an approved providers responsibilities established by the Aged Care Act
- can deliver care that aligns with the associated Principles made under section 96-1 of the Aged Care Act
- be a corporation
- not have any disqualified individuals as key personnel
- have experience providing aged care or other relevant forms of care
- understand approved provider responsibilities
- has, or will have, systems in place to meet their responsibilities
- have, or will have, sound financial management records and practices
- comply with financial obligations and other responsibilities as an aged care provider, if they already are one
State, territory and local government organisations do not need to be assessed as suitable to provide aged care. However, you will need to complete a Government organisation application form to enable the creation of a record to ensure the payment of subsidies to the organisation.
Although you are automatically approved, we can revoke or suspend approval.
Before you apply
There are some things you must know before applying to become a provider of aged care.
Read the guidance
The Guidance for Applicants seeking approval to provide aged care helps you and your key personnel to fill in the form.
The guidance also has some further essential reading to do before applying.
Your organisation must be incorporated
You cannot be approved if you are not an incorporated organisation. If you’re a sole trader, your application will not be assessed.
You must be able to demonstrate that you can provide aged care in accordance with the Aged Care Act 1997
You must demonstrate your understanding of the responsibilities of an approved provider as established under Division 54, Division 56 and Division 63 of the Aged Care Act, as well as the Quality Principles and Quality Standards.
This must be done:
- at the time of your application
- as you continue to deliver aged care services
You must not have any disqualified individuals as key personnel
You will need to nominate your key personnel and make sure they’re:
- key personnel as defined in section 8B of the Commission Act
- not a disqualified person, as defined under section 8A of the Commission Act
Get police checks for each of your key personnel
For each of your key personnel, you must provide one of the following with your application:
- a National Police Certificate (NPC) — from a police agency
- National Criminal History Check (NCHC) — from an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission-accredited agency
The date on each NPC or NCHC must be within 90 days of submitting your application.
For help completing National Police Certificates, see police certificate guidelines for aged care providers.
You must provide a statutory declaration for each person when:
- all former or current names are not shown on the NPC or NCHC
- they were a resident of a country other than Australia after turning 16 years old
The declaration should say whether the person has committed an indictable offence. That’s an offence:
- against a law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory
- against the law of a foreign country that corresponds to an offence against a law of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory
Use the current form
We update our application forms from time to time. We put the latest version on this page. Make sure the application form you use is the latest version. We will not assess applications on old forms.
Apply to be an approved aged care provider
There are 3 different forms to apply for approval, depending on who you are.
If you are a provider of aged care who is not yet approved
New applicants need to fill out the new applicant form.
These are providers who are not approved to provide any type of care either under the Commission Act or, the Aged Care Act, prior to 1 January 2020.
If you are an existing approved provider changing services
If you are an approved provider who wants to provide another care type, fill in the existing approved provider form. For example, if you provide residential aged care and want to provide home care, you would use this form.
This form lets you demonstrate your ability to provide another type of care.
If you are a government organisation
State, territory and local government authorities are approved to provide services. However, you will need to register to provide services under Commission Act.
Fill out the government organisation form. This form is to create a departmental record so that the Government can pay subsidies to you.
Getting a decision
You will be notified of your application outcome within 90 days after we receive it, unless we request more information.
Requests for more information
If we ask for more information, you must give your answer within 28 days of getting our request.
We will give you our decision within 90 days of receiving your answer.
If you’re approved
We will send approved providers a notice of approval. The notice will tell you the next steps you need to take in the process.
If you’re not approved
You have two options if we don’t approve your application:
- request a reconsideration
If you reapply, you must complete a new application form. You should reflect on the reasons you weren’t approved set out in your notice. Address these reasons and add any new information that shows why you believe you meet the eligibility criteria.
You can request a reconsideration of the decision under Part 8B of the Commission Act. To request a reconsideration of your application, submit a written request within 14 days of receiving the decision notice.
You can make your reconsideration via email to email@example.com and a different decision maker will review your application
If you choose to email us, your email must:
- tell us why you’re making the request
- address specific areas we identified as reasons for non-approval
- add any evidence you would like to be considered
The possible outcomes of reconsideration are:
- we confirm the decision
- we vary the decision
- we set the decision aside and substitute a new decision
If we don’t respond within 90 days, the original decision is confirmed.
If the original decision is confirmed, you may seek a review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
You can appeal a review decision made by the Commissioner, by submitting an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
To make an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision you must:
- apply in writing
- apply within 28 days of receiving the decision
- pay the application fee.
For further information, please review the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s website or call 1800 228 333.
Revoking approved provider status
We can revoke approved provider status if:
- the approved provider ceases to be a corporation
- the approved provider ceases to be suitable for approval
- the application for approval contained misleading information
Notifying material changes for approved providers
Under Section 9-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997 (Act) approved providers are required to notify the Commissioner of changes that materially affects the suitability of an approved provider to provide aged care within 28 days after the change occurs.
What is a material change?
A material change is one that is substantial or considerable in nature. For example, the approved provider:
- is no longer an incorporated organisation
- is unable to meet any of the home, flexible or residential care standards
- is unable to manage its financial responsibilities including subsidies and care recipient’s fees and payments
- makes a change which may affect the rights of aged care recipients
- makes substantial changes to its organisational or governance structure such as:
- entering into a subcontract arrangement with a third party for delivery of clinical care
- use of a management company to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the organisation
- makes a change to its key personnel
These are examples only and approved providers should consider each situation individually.
Notifying the Commissioner
Notifications to the Commissioner about the approved providers nature and details of material changes are to be completed using the Notification of a material change form.
Approved provider responsibilities
You are reminded that an approved provider has ongoing responsibilities in relation to key personnel set out under Part 7A and the Accountability Principles 2014, specifically sections 48, 49 and 50.
Therefore if your material change notification involves a change to key personnel, you will need to provide evidence that you have taken the required steps and/or obtained the necessary documents to verify that none of your key personnel is a disqualified individual (see section 8A of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018). This includes a copy of a criminal history check, bankruptcy check, as well as evidence of relevant qualifications and or registrations.
Reporting to the Department of Health
Home care approved providers have reporting responsibilities to the Department of Health in relation to service changes. Visit the Department of Health on how to meet those responsibilities.
Authorised contact details changes
This form can also be used to notify changes to authorised contact details. Keeping the details of your authorised contact person up to date will ensure that important notifications are received by the appropriate individual.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org