The independent Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes is complete and the final report is now available. The Minister announced broad support for the direction of the report.
The single quality framework includes a single set of quality standards (the Aged Care Quality Standards), improved quality assessment processes across residential and community care, a single Charter of Care Recipients’ Rights and Responsibilities, and enhanced quality information to enable consumers to make choices about the care and services they need.
The final draft Aged Care Quality Standards have been published. Work on quality assessment processes is being considered as part of broader budget reforms announced in the 2018-19 Budget.
Commonwealth law requires Australian Government-funded aged care providers to meet quality standards. There are four sets of quality standards.
Current assessment arrangements against the standards, including unannounced re-accreditation audits
Approved providers are assessed and monitored against the quality standards.
From 1 July 2018 all new re-accreditation applications will be subject to unannounced re-accreditation audits.
Information on the quality and accountability of aged care services including compliance resources and publications, compulsory reporting guidelines for approved providers of residential care.
Information about regulatory action (Sanctions and Notices of Non-Compliance) taken by the department.
Quality indicators measure aspects of service provision which contribute to the quality of care and services given by the provider, and consumers’ quality of life and experiences.
From 1 May 2018, residential aged care providers must have in place an influenza vaccination program for staff and volunteers.