Exceptional Circumstances

Page last updated: 30 January 2018

This page provides information on accreditation of aged care services and Determinations under section 42-5 of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act).

The Secretary of the Department of Health can make a determination that a service is taken to meet its accreditation requirement under section 42-5 of the Act because of exceptional circumstances for the purposes of funding under the Act.

What are Exceptional Circumstances Determinations?

If the Secretary makes an exceptional circumstances determination (under s.42-5 of the Act), it means that a service is taken to meet its accreditation requirement for the period stated in the determination (up to a maximum period of six months) for the purposes of funding under the Act.

The exceptional circumstances determination means the service will continue to be eligible to receive Australian Government care subsidy for the period of the determination.

These services will continue to be monitored by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) and the Department to ensure the quality of care and accommodation for care recipients is maintained.

These services must meet the requirements for accreditation by the Quality Agency before the exceptional circumstances determination expires in order to continue to receive Australian Government care subsidy.

On this site, the Department publishes its current understanding of:

  • the names and addresses of services that are taken to have met their accreditation requirement under the Act because of exceptional circumstances;
  • the names of the approved providers (operators) of the services; and
  • the period of the determination.

Summary of Services taken to meet their accreditation requirement in exceptional circumstances

There are currently no services in this category in any State or Territory.