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Accreditation and re-accreditation key changes fact sheet

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Part of a fact sheet series related to Key changes under the new Commission Act and Rules

Application

The application for re-accreditation will no longer require an approved provider to consent in advance to an assessment team accessing service premises. Consent to enter is now requested when a team arrives at the service.

Notifying care recipients and their representatives of upcoming site audit

The approved provider must take all reasonable steps to ensure each care recipient and their nominated representatives (please see the definition in the Language Glossary is informed that there will be a site audit as part of the accreditation process. This replaces the previous provision that it was care recipients ‘or’ their representatives that the service had to notify. It is now both.

Site audit meetings

On each day of the site visit there is a site meeting between a member of the assessment team and the person in charge of the service to discuss the progress of the visit. This does not preclude all members of the assessment team from attending the meeting.

Decision on application for accreditation or re-accreditation

The Rules do not require the Commissioner to provide reasons for the decision to accredit or re-accredit a service (except for the period of re-accreditation).

The Commissioner must within 28 days of making a decision to accredit or re-accredit a service give the provider a new certificate of accreditation. A replacement certificate will be issued if a reconsideration application on a period of accreditation is successful.

Notification of decision not to accredit, re-accredit or revoke accreditation

Where a decision is made not to accredit a commencing service, not to re-accredit an accredited service or to revoke accreditation, there is no longer a requirement to notify the service of any areas where they can make improvement or to advise of arrangements for assessment contacts.

The Commissioner as soon as practicable after making the decision on accreditation will inform the Secretary of the Department of Health.

For more information about the accreditation and re-accreditation process visit the accreditation and re-accreditation pages on the Commission website.

Regulatory Policy Helpdesk

For support in understanding the Rules and their operational implications, please contact the Regulatory Policy team at regulatorypolicy@agedcarequality.gov.au or speak with your local Regional office.

Application

The application for re-accreditation will no longer require an approved provider to consent in advance to an assessment team accessing service premises. Consent to enter is now requested when a team arrives at the service.

Notifying care recipients and their representatives of upcoming site audit

The approved provider must take all reasonable steps to ensure each care recipient and their nominated representatives (please see the definition in the Language Glossary is informed that there will be a site audit as part of the accreditation process. This replaces the previous provision that it was care recipients ‘or’ their representatives that the service had to notify. It is now both.

Site audit meetings

On each day of the site visit there is a site meeting between a member of the assessment team and the person in charge of the service to discuss the progress of the visit. This does not preclude all members of the assessment team from attending the meeting.

Decision on application for accreditation or re-accreditation

The Rules do not require the Commissioner to provide reasons for the decision to accredit or re-accredit a service (except for the period of re-accreditation).

The Commissioner must within 28 days of making a decision to accredit or re-accredit a service give the provider a new certificate of accreditation. A replacement certificate will be issued if a reconsideration application on a period of accreditation is successful.

Notification of decision not to accredit, re-accredit or revoke accreditation

Where a decision is made not to accredit a commencing service, not to re-accredit an accredited service or to revoke accreditation, there is no longer a requirement to notify the service of any areas where they can make improvement or to advise of arrangements for assessment contacts.

The Commissioner as soon as practicable after making the decision on accreditation will inform the Secretary of the Department of Health.

For more information about the accreditation and re-accreditation process visit the accreditation and re-accreditation pages on the Commission website.

Regulatory Policy Helpdesk

For support in understanding the Rules and their operational implications, please contact the Regulatory Policy team at regulatorypolicy@agedcarequality.gov.au or speak with your local Regional office.

 

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