Notification of Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Amendment to Reporting Requirements

Page last updated: 24 March 2015

This information was distributed on 24 March 2015.

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reducing the regulatory burden on business and community organisations, approved providers of aged care services should no longer notify the Aged Care Complaints Scheme (the Scheme) of infectious disease outbreaks.

There is no requirement under the Aged Care Act 1997 for approved providers to notify the Scheme of infectious disease outbreaks. Notification of infectious disease outbreaks such as gastroenteritis and influenza to the Scheme is not required, effective immediately.

This change does not alter the requirement to report infectious disease outbreaks to State and Territory Government Public Health Units.

Approved providers must continue to meet the legislative requirements within their relevant State or Territory regarding reporting infectious disease outbreaks.

Care recipients and their representatives can continue to raise individual concerns through the Scheme relating to infection control arrangements in an aged care service.

The Scheme Guidelines and related procedural information will be amended to reflect this change.