Review of the Aged Care Quality Standards

Learn about how we're improving the Aged Care Quality Standards to ensure older Australians are treated with respect, care and dignity.

About the review

In response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s recommendations, the Australian Government is reviewing the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards).

The review focuses on areas of concern identified by the Royal Commission including:

  • governance
  • diversity
  • dementia
  • food and nutrition.

The review will be completed by December 2022.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care assumed responsibility for setting clinical care components of the Quality Standards from 1 July 2021.

The review of clinical issues includes:

  • oral care, medication management
  • pressure injury prevention
  • wound management
  • continence care
  • falls prevention and mobility
  • infection control.

Harmonisation of standards

Work to align regulations across the aged care, disability and veterans’ care sectors is underway.

This will make it easier for care and support workers to work across disability, aged care and veterans’ care.

Evaluation of the Aged Care Quality Standards

We have engaged KPMG to evaluate the current Quality Standards assess how clear, achievable, and measurable they are. 

Public consultation was undertaken in August 2021.

Engagement with the sector

We will continue to engage with consumers, providers, peak bodies and other stakeholders across the aged care sector to inform and support the review.

We are working with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, on the review and harmonisation of the Standards.

Visit the Aged Care Engagement Hub for more information on the review and other aged care reforms, and learn how to get involved.

Last updated: 
19 May 2022

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