Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Public consultation on the:

Comments closed on 8 November 2013.

1. Introduction

The Exposure Draft Quality Agency Principles 2013 and Quality Agency Reporting Principles 2013 set out proposed subordinate legislation under the Aged Care Act 1997.

The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) will be the sole agency that providers of Australian Government funded aged care, either approved under the Aged Care Act 1997 or funded through contractual arrangements, will deal with in relation to the quality assurance of the aged care services they deliver. This will apply to services delivered through a residential aged care service, in a person’s own home or in a community setting. The Quality Agency will replace the existing Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited from 1 January 2014.

The Quality Agency will commence functions relating to residential aged care services from 1 January 2014 and functions relating to home care services from 1 July 2014.

The Quality Agency Principles 2013 (the Principles) set out the application requirements for approved providers seeking accreditation of residential care services and the procedures to be followed and the matters to be taken into account by the Quality Agency in relation to the accreditation of residential care services and the quality review of home care services.

The Quality Agency Reporting Principles 2013 (the Principles) set out the matters that the CEO of the new Quality Agency must report to the Secretary of the Department of Social Services in relation to residential care and home care services funded under the Aged Care Act 1997. The Principles also repeal the Accreditation Grant Principles 2011 as they become redundant on 1 January 2014.

2. How to provide comments

Comments were sought on the Exposure Draft Principles.

Comments were submitted by 8 November 2013. For further information please contact agedcarelegislation@dss.gov.au.

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