The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has officially launched to provide a single point of contact for aged care concerns and queries.
The Commission replaces former aged care watchdog, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, who has this week been publicly criticised for failing to conduct any of its thousands of unannounced nursing home ‘spot checks’ after 5pm over a period of 18 months.
It is hoped Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM’s words around the establishment of the new Commission ring true in that it “flags a new beginning for aged care quality and safety.”
The Commission is responsible for accrediting, reviewing and monitoring providers against the current standards to ensure high quality care for people accessing Australian Government subsidised aged care. Assessment and monitoring against a new single set of Aged Care Quality Standards will commence from 1 July 2019, which will replace the:
- Accreditation Standards
- Home Care Standards
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program Quality Framework Standards
- Transition Care Standards.
The Aged Care Quality Standards will apply to all aged care services including residential care, home care, flexible care and the Commonwealth Home Support Program services.
For more information on the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, visit agedcarequality.gov.au.