As part of the application for accreditation and re-accreditation, applicants must include ‘any other information or documents specified by the Commissioner’. This replaces the previous requirement for submission of self-assessment information. The new requirement covers self-assessment material as well as any other information or documents specified by the Commissioner.
Transitional provisions allow the Commissioner to continue with regulatory activities that had started prior to commencement of the rules. This includes applications for re-accreditation, quality reviews and monitoring processes.
Review audit processes were changed from 1 January 2019 to align more closely to site audit arrangements and requirements. This assists approved providers by having consistency of regulatory process for residential services. From 1 July 2019 review audits are conducted to assess a provider’s performance against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards).
A new educational video for service providers has been produced providing information about open disclosure for aged care providers. The resource is a collaboration between the Commission and online training services provider, Altura Learning.
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.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has worked with a range of stakeholders to develop resources that help aged care providers understand the key concepts of clinical governance and how they can be applied in their service.