New Reforms to Strengthen Aged Care Quality and Safety

A new, single set of quality standards will strengthen and streamline the regulation of safe, quality care for older Australians, as the Australian Government continues its unparalleled aged care reform agenda.

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24 May 2018

A new, single set of quality standards will strengthen and streamline the regulation of safe, quality care for older Australians, as the Turnbull Government continues its unparalleled aged care reform agenda.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM introduced the Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018 to Parliament today and said the changes would increase certainty and make it easier for aged care recipients and their families.

“Applying a single set of standards across all aged care programs will drive improvements to the quality of care delivered to older Australians and encourage innovation, excellence and continuous improvement,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This will help give people greater choice and flexibility and is an important part of the Turnbull Government reforms to create a competitive, market based system where red tape is also reduced for aged care providers.”

The existing accreditation standards are 20-years-old and the introduction of this legislation will bring together the four existing sets of quality standards, for residential care, home care, transition care and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Quality Framework into one single set.

“The establishment of a single set of standards means that the same core, non-negotiable expectations will apply across all services,” said Minister Wyatt. “It will complement the Government’s introduction of a single Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, a tough new agency which will uphold and enforce the standards and provide more confidence for older Australians and Providers.”

The new commission will bring together the Aged Care Complaints Commission, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the aged care regulatory functions currently operating within the Department of Health. The new Commission will commence operations on 1 January 2019.

The single set of aged care standards against which providers will be assessed will come into force from 1 July 2019, giving them a 12-month transition period to allow for any system and process changes to meet the new standards.

The 2018 Budget has allocated $50 million to assist residential aged care providers with the transition to the Single Quality Framework.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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