Transitioning to the new Aged Care Quality Standards
Transition to the new Standards has begun. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will commence assessment and monitoring against the new Standards from 1 July 2019.
Service providers are encouraged to use the transition period to:
- identify and address areas for improvement in order for the new Standards to be met
- support their staff to understand the requirements of the new standards
- support care recipients and their families, carers and representatives to understand what the changes mean for them, and
- align their system, policies and practices with the new standards
Preparing for the new Standards video
Self-assessment against the new Standards
Services are encouraged to undertake a self-assessment against the new Aged Care Quality Standards to prepare for the new Standards taking effect from 1 July 2019. A Self-Assessment Tool template, Guidance for completing the self-assessment, and information about requirements for re-accreditation applications are now available on the self-assessment page.
Transitioning continuous improvement
All providers must have a plan for continuous improvement against the new Aged Care Quality Standards from 1 July 2019.
The Commissioner will make decisions on continuous improvement and areas for improvement in reference to the new Standards.
For more information on the continuous improvement process see the continuous improvement page.
Transitional arrangements apply to services with applications for re-accreditation due before 1 July 2019. See Re-accreditation of residential services page for information on transitioning and re-accreditation.
Commission activities during the transition period
During the transition period the Commission and the Department of Health will conduct activities to:
- assist consumers to understand the new arrangements
- support service providers to implement the new standards.
The Commission will distribute information about the new standards through site visits to aged care services, and via our monthly newsletter, through the entire transition period. The Commission will also provide education programs, online learning resources and a series of state-based events. Please see our Education pages for details.