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19 October 2021
Guides,

This guide is intended to assist organisations and their key personnel to complete an application for approval to provide aged care.

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28 September 2021
Regulatory Bulletins,

RB 2021-14 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the Commission’s regulatory approach where there is a transfer in ownership of a residential aged care service from one approved provider to another.

Cover image - RB 2021-14 Change in service ownership

28 July 2021
Forms,
Guides,

Includes Aged Care Quality Standards Self-Assessment Tool Template (available in DOCX and XLSX), as well as Guidance on Self-Assessment.

This resource is not available to order.

Cover Image of Aged Care Quality Standards Self-Assessment Tool

13 July 2021
Brochure,
Guides,
Handbook,

We partnered with the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) to develop Medication. It’s your choice to raise awareness of the issues relating to psychotropic medicines.

It can help consumers and their representatives understand and confidently perform their role as active participants in making informed decisions (including giving or refusing consent) about medication use.

Elderly lady with face on hand, and text Medication. It's your choice brochure

12 July 2021
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources,
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues. 

The storyboards will be particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content relating to COVID-19 and are relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector. 

These storyboards deal with the concept of staying safe, and cover the following topics: 

COVID-19 Staying safe storyboard image

12 July 2021
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues.

COVID-19 storyboards image

5 July 2021
Guides,

Practical guidance to support COVID-19 outbreak management planning and preparation in residential aged care facilities

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1 July 2021
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector, the Commission has developed a range of storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues. Storyboards are particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector. 

Person Centred Care – Know Me Well resources

Image of Person Centred Care Explained storyboard - cartoon

1 July 2021
Fact sheet,
Guides,

Serious Incident Response Scheme - Residential aged care provider readiness checklist

Residential aged care providers are encouraged to work through the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) readiness checklist.

Screenshot of SIRS Readiness Checklist document

29 June 2021
Regulatory Bulletins,

RB 2021-12 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines how an approved provider can apply for reconsideration of a reviewable decision under Part 8B of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 and Part 7 of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018.

First page of RB 2021-12 Reconsideration of reviewable decisions

28 June 2021
Forms,
Guides,

This self-assessment tool aims to help aged care service providers record how their use of chemical restraints is managed. It relates to consumers who are prescribed psychotropic medication(s) (particularly anti-psychotics and benzodiazepines), including for PRN (as needed) use.

Cover image of self-assessment tool for psychotropic medication use

18 June 2021
Guides,

What are psychotropic medications? 

Psychotropic medications are ‘any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour'

The three main classes of psychotropics prescribed are antidepressants, anxiolytic/hypnotics (mostly benzodiazepines to manage anxiety and insomnia) and antipsychotics. Other psychotropic classes include anticonvulsants and stimulants. 

Cover image of Psychotropic medications used in Australia information for aged care

15 June 2021
Regulatory Bulletins,

RB 2020-10 This Regulatory Bulletin covers the registration requirements and process for quality assessors, including information on why registration may be cancelled by the Commission.

Regulatory Bulletin 2020-10 cover image

9 April 2021
Guides,

Download the guidance material for the Aged Care Quality Standards that come into place on 1 July 2019. It includes an introduction, guidance each of the 8 Quality Standards and a glossary.

This resource is not available to order.

Cover image Standards Guidance and Resources

23 March 2021
Guides,

This booklet aims to give guidance on how to:

  • create an effective, resolution focused complaints system in aged care services and how to enhance existing processes
  • maintain compliance with Standard 6
  • encourage a positive, blame-free culture around complaints handling in aged care services by fostering an understanding of the complaints process and how it affects the people involved, and setting out the essential elements for the effective management of complaints within a service including skills, procedures and policies.
Better practice guide to complaints handling in aged care services front cover

4 December 2020
Regulatory Bulletins,

Regulatory Bulletin RB 2020-11 Publication of provider performance information (PDF) (540.5 KB)

RB 2020-11 This Regulatory Bulletin details the information the Commission publishes about aged care service providers' performance in relation to their responsibilities under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (Commission Act) and the Aged Care Act 1997, or the Commonwealth funding agreement that relates to a service.

Image of RB 2020-11 Publication of provider performance information (Word) cover

9 November 2020
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector, the Commission has developed a range of storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues. The storyboards are particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content and are relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector. 

Advance Care Planning – Don’t Leave it Too Late 

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11 May 2020
Guides,

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is helping providers to understand issues and their responsibilities around minimising the use of chemical and physical restraint. This includes ensuring that providers are appropriately documenting each instance of use.

Image of PRN stickers guide

18 March 2020
Regulatory Bulletins,

RB 2019-04 - This Regulatory Bulletin outlines how the Commission will respond to and manage non-compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards.

Cover image Regulatory Bulletin Issue 2019-4