Development of models and options for a Serious Incident Response Scheme for Commonwealth funded aged care service providers
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)
- a single charter of aged care consumer rights (the Charter of Aged Care Rights)
- improved quality assessment processes across residential and community care
- enhanced quality information to enable consumers to make choices about the care and services they need.
Commonwealth law requires Australian Government funded aged care providers to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards (the Standards).
The Standards have replaced the:
- Accreditation Standards
- Home Care Standards
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Quality Framework Standards
- Transition Care Standards.
Current assessment arrangements against the standards, including unannounced re-accreditation audits
Approved providers are assessed and monitored against the Standards.
From 1 July 2018, unannounced re-accreditation audits apply to all residential aged care services that apply for re-accreditation.
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.