Reportable Assault Flowchart for Residential Aged Care

Page last updated: 31 July 2017

The Reportable Assault Flowchart is aimed at increasing residential aged care workers’ and service providers’ awareness and understanding of the compulsory reporting responsibilities related to reporting reportable assaults.

The Reportable Assault Flowchart can be displayed in staff rooms. You can view this resource electronically by opening the PDF file below.

PDF version: Reportable Assault Flowchart for Residential Aged Care

Please find below the HTML accessible version of the file

Reportable Assault Flowchart for Residential Aged Care

Process to follow for reporting allegations or suspicions of a reportable assault:

  1. ‘Who was alleged or suspected to have been assaulted?’
    1. If someone other than a care recipient, then this allegation or suspicion is ‘not reportable to the department’. It is important however to inform the approved provider to report any sort of allegation of an assault to the police.
    2. If a care recipient, then this allegation or suspicion is ‘a reportable assault’
  2. ‘Is this allegation or suspicion the same as an earlier allegation or suspicion?’
    1. If ‘Yes’, and the allegation or suspicion has been previously reported to the police and the department, then the ‘Requirement to report does not apply however this does not preclude you from making a report. Are you going to report?
      1. If ‘Yes’, then report to police and the department.
      2. If ‘No’, then make a record of decision to not report to police or the department.
    2. If ‘No’, ‘Who is alleged or suspected to have committed the assault?’ 
      1. If anyone other than another care recipient such as a staff member, then report to the police and the department.
      2. If another care recipient, then:
      1. ‘Has the care recipient alleged to have committed the assault been previously diagnosed with a cognitive impairment?’
        1. If ‘No’, then report to the police and the department.
        2. If ‘Yes’, then:
      2. ‘Have behaviour management arrangements for the care recipient who committed the assault been implemented within 24 hours of the allegation or suspicion?’
        1. If ‘No’, then report to the police and the department.
        2. If ‘Yes’, then:
      3. Do you have copies of the assessment or other documents showing the cognitive impairment and a record of the behaviour management arrangements that have been implemented?
        1. If ‘No’, then report to the police and the department.
        2. If ‘Yes’, then the ‘Requirement to report does not apply however this does not preclude you from making a report. Are you going to report?’
          1. If ‘Yes’, then report to police and the department.
          2. If ‘No’, then make a record of decision to not report to police or the department.