Home Care Standards

Page last updated: 23 February 2017

The Home Care Standards were developed jointly by the Australian Government and state and territory governments as part of broader home care reforms to develop common arrangements that help to simplify and streamline the way home care is delivered.

The Home Care Standards (the Standards) were developed jointly by the Australian Government and state and territory governments as part of broader home care reforms to develop common arrangements that help to simplify and streamline the way home care is delivered.

The Standards draw together the differing standards across jurisdictions and the Commonwealth into a single set of quality standards and have the benefit of reducing the administrative burden for service providers.

The Standards took effect in the following aged care services on 1 August 2013:

  • Home and Community Care (HACC) (in Victoria and Western Australia)
  • Commonwealth HACC Program
  • Home Care Packages
  • National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP).

Transition to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

From 1 July 2014, responsibility for the quality reviews of these aged care services against the Standards transferred to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA).

For more information please visit the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency website.

Information about the Home Care Standards

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Practices and Processes Guide for the Home Care Standards is available on the AACQA’s website.