Care minutes and 24/7 registered nurses in residential aged care

Residential aged care providers must provide residents with a minimum number of minutes of care per day, and have at least one registered nurse (RN) onsite and on duty at all times at each residential facility.

Care minutes

Read about the minimum care minutes requirement and how to report.

24/7 registered nurses

Read about the requirement for a residential facility to have an RN onsite and on duty at all times and how to report.

24/7 registered nurse supplement

Find out about the supplement to help approved providers employ extra RNs. 

Reporting assessments

See how we check the accuracy of the care time information providers send us.

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Care minutes and 24/7 registered nurse responsibility guide

This guide provides information about care minutes targets, the 24/7 registered nurse responsibilities from 1 July 2023, and mandatory care minutes responsibilities from 1 October 2023. Learn more about these responsibilities, including definitions and reporting obligations.

Frequently Asked Questions – 24/7 registered nurse responsibility

This document contains Frequently Asked Questions about the 24/7 registered nurse (RN) responsibility, including answers to questions from webinars hosted by the Department of Health and Aged Care on 15 March, 12 April and 1 June 2023 and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission on 18 April 2023.
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