Welcome to the Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) tool. This tool can be used by both residential aged care providers and home service providers to help you easily and quickly access key pieces of information and reference materials on infection prevention and control, as you need them. The tool has an overview of the main aged care specific guidance documentation at both the Federal and State levels, with links to those documents. You can filter the links presented at the State or Territory level, based on the information and location which is most relevant to you.
Infection prevention and control is a critical component of delivering safe and quality care for your aged care consumers. You have responsibilities to ensure that your policies, practices and processes are up to date, and that your staff have the required level of training and competence to manage infection prevention and control.
IPC federal guidance reference documents:
- Australian Guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare (ACSQHC - 2022)
- National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Outbreaks of Acute Respiratory Infection (including COVID-19 and Influenza) in Residential Care Facilities (DoHAC - 2022)
COVID-19 federal guidance reference documents
- National COVID-19 Health Management Plan for 2023 (Australian Government - 2023)
- National COVID-19 Community Protection Framework (DoHAC - 2022)
Select your state or territory
You can select your relevant state or territory to access current IPC guidance.
The information contained in the IPC online tool is intended to provide you with general guidance to help you access the information you need on IPC. However, it is your responsibility to make your own assessment about IPC requirements in your setting and prioritise the appropriate level of guidance where there are discrepancies. The IPC online tool is not intended to be and should not be regarded as legal advice. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice, if appropriate.
Every effort is made by the Commission to ensure that the information in the IPC online tool is accurate and up to date. However, the Commission does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information provided. A lot of the information included is owned and managed by other organisations, so from time to time, some of the links may not work.
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