Transitional provisions allow the Commissioner to continue with regulatory activities that had started prior to commencement of the Rules. The Commissioner may make any arrangements as are necessary for the purposes of completing the activities. The Rules provide for processes commenced before 1 January 2019 to continue to be progressed as if the steps had been taken under the Rules. This includes applications for re-accreditation, quality reviews and monitoring processes.
The changes surrounding consent to access apply to every form of a visit to the premises of a service, whether for the purposes of re-accreditation, a quality review, a review audit or an assessment contact.
A new meaning of Commonwealth-funded aged care service was included in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (Commission Act) to more appropriately capture specific programs that are grant-based. This commenced on 1 January 2019.
Issue No. 2019-3.2. This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the Commission's policy regarding provider requests to exclude specific dates for an unannounced activity and includes criteria to guide approved providers when determining those dates. Available in PDF and accessible DOC.
The Department of Health’s aged care regulatory functions have been transferred to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner from 1 January 2020, giving the Commission new powers for monitoring and enforcing compliance under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018 (Rules).