Repeal of Commonwealth Certification of Residential Aged Care Services

Page last updated: 20 October 2014

This information was distributed on 18 October 2014

Dear Approved Provider

Following the Department’s notification of 3 October 2014, I am writing to advise that the repeal of certification from the Aged Care Act 1997 was given Royal Assent on 16 October 2014.  This repeal took effect from 17 October 2014.

This was part of the Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act.

This means that providers do not need to apply to the Department for certification in respect of new services and there is no provision for a review of certification for existing services.  Further, certification is no longer relevant for eligibility for supplements and the ability to charge accommodation payments.

The Accreditation Standards still require that residential aged care services comply with all relevant Commonwealth, state or territory regulations and requirements.  This includes building and associated certification; privacy and space; fire; and work, health and safety regulations.

A process of making the associated amendments to the relevant Aged Care Principles is underway.

Should you have any queries concerning the repeal in relation to your particular service, please email the Approved Provider Program Section on approvedproviderprogram@dss.gov.au.

Yours sincerely

James Christian PSM
Group Manager
Aged Care Quality and Compliance
17 October 2014