Aged Care Quality Standards Update

Beng Poh

20 October 2018

SPP has provided an update on the Aged Care Quality Standards, which came into effect from 1 July 2018, with assessment against the Standards commencing from 1 July 2019.

Last month, the Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018, which legislates for the new standards, was passed through Parliament.

The new Quality Standards will replace all existing standards for Commonwealth funded aged care services, and put an emphasis on consumer outcomes and continuous improvement.

There are eight standards within the Quality Standards:

  • Consumer dignity and choice
  • Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
  • Personal care and clinical care
  • Services and support for daily living
  • Organisation’s service environment
  • Feedback and complaints
  • Human resources
  • Organisational governance

Each standard includes:

  • A statement of outcome for the consumer
  • A statement of expectation for the organisation
  • Organisational requirements (indicators) to demonstrate that the standard has been met

SPP are currently well progressed with self-assessments for the new Standards and expect them to be available in SPP in November.

For more information about the Standards, see the Aged Care Quality Agency’s new Guidance and Resources website.

If you have any questions regarding these Standards, or about SPP generally, contact by or 02 9569 1704.