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Charter of Aged Care Rights
The Charter of Aged Care Rights protects the rights of people receiving aged care. It applies to all aged care services that are funded by the Australian Government. The Charter is made in law. See changes in the User Rights Principles.
- sign and provide a copy of the Charter to each person receiving aged care
- help each person to understand the Charter
- give them time to understand and sign the copy
- comply with record keeping requirements relating to the Charter
Asking the person to sign the Charter confirms they have received and understand it. They can choose not to sign the Charter. Their services can still start or continue if they choose not to sign.
Everyone involved in the delivery of aged care must respect the rights of people receiving aged care.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has resources to help you with your responsibilities to care recipients.
The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) has more information and resources on the Charter of Aged Care Rights.
Aged Care Quality Standards
The Aged Care Quality Standards apply to all Australian Government-funded aged care services.
From the day you start your service, you must meet standards in:
- consumer dignity and choice
- ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
- personal care and clinical care
- services and supports for daily living
- service environment
- feedback and complaints
- human resources
- organisational governance
The Standards are set out in law. See Part 5 — Aged Care Quality Standards in the Quality of Care Principles 2014.
Who monitors quality in aged care?
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission) monitors the quality of Australian Government-funded aged care services.
They independently assess all services and accredit residential aged care services against the Aged Care Quality Standards.
Visit the Commission’s website to find out how they assess aged care services against the Standards for:
If you do not meet the Aged Care Quality Standards
If the Commission finds that you do not meet the Standards, they may:
- direct you to revise your plan for continuous improvement
- set a timeframe for improvements
- monitor your progress
If a care recipient’s safety, health or wellbeing is at risk, the Commission will treat the failure as a serious risk.
Find out more about non-compliance with the standards.
Mandatory Quality Indicator Program
The National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program is for government-subsidised residential aged care services.
Under this program, you must report to the Department of Health on 3 quality indicators. They are:
- pressure injuries
- the use of physical restraint
- unplanned weight loss
This program can help you to carry out continuous quality improvement.
Minimising the use of restraints
Approved providers must minimise the use of chemical or physical restraints in residential aged care. You must also meet specific requirements before you can use them.
Find out more about minimising the use of restraints.
Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS)
SIRS is a proposed approach to help aged care service providers:
- reduce the risk of abuse and neglect in aged care
- respond to and manage serious incidents that occur in residential aged care
- support care recipients affected by a serious incident
Find out more about our work on the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS).
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
The Australian Government set up the Royal Commission in October 2018 to:
- look at how older people are cared for
- work out what needs to change to make aged care services better
Find out more on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety website.