Key changes for providers Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission legislation
Part of a fact sheet series related to Key changes under the new Commission Act and Rules
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (the Act) provides for the establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission). The Commission is responsible for assisting the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner (Commissioner) with functions that include:
- protecting and enhancing the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of aged care consumers
- promoting the provision of quality care and services by approved providers of aged care services and service providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care services
- consumer engagement
- complaints handling
- regulatory responsibilities
- providing information and education.
The Act enables the Minister to make Rules prescribing matters for carrying out or giving effect to the Act.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018 (the Rules) give operational effect to the processes of the Commission. The Rules replace a number of Principles including the Quality Agency Principles 2013.
Who do the Act and Rules apply to?
- Approved providers of residential aged care services, home care services and short-term restorative care services.
- Service providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care services (this includes Commonwealth Home Support Programme and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Care Program (NATSIFACP) services).
What changes can services and providers expect?
The new Rules look quite different due to the combined functions under the Act. However, while the Rules have combined a number of previously separate legislative instruments, the core processes are preserved.