The federal Department of Health has released a set of draft Aged Care Quality standards, developed in conjunction with the aged care sector.
Once finalised, the Aged Care Quality Standards will apply to all aged care services and will replace the current four sets of standards. The Standards have been structured so that organisations will only have to meet the Standards relevant to them.
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency is developing guidance and educational material to support the Standards and has commenced piloting of the draft Standards and guidance material.
Subject to agreement by the Government, the Standards are expected to be implemented from 1 July 2018. A 12-month transition period will apply, meaning that assessment against the new Standards will commence from 1 July 2019.
The draft Standards are now available on the department’s website