New Aged Care Quality Standards
The new Aged Care Quality Standards have been developed through significant consultation and co-design with the aged care sector. The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has announced this important reform.
From 1 July 2019, the new Standards will apply to all Commonwealth subsidised aged care services including residential care, home care, flexible care, services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.
More information about the new Standards is available on the Department’s website.
Information about the transition to the new Standards is available on the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s website.
CHSP home modifications growth funding announced
On 17 January 2019, the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP announced $15 million in funding for existing Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers delivering home modifications services.
CHSP providers delivering these services will be contacted directly in the coming weeks by their Funding Arrangement Managers to be offered funding to increase service delivery.
This funding will allow existing home modification providers to deliver changes to a client’s home to increase or maintain the person’s functional independence so that they can continue to live and move safely about the house.
For future updates on CHSP growth funding please refer to the department’s website.
Ageing and Disability Commissioner
The NSW Government will establish an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from 1 July 2019 to better protect adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings.
The NSW Government takes its responsibility to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our community seriously. Unfortunately, people with disability and older people can be more vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The main role of the Commissioner will be to:
- investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults with disability and older people in home and community settings
- provide support to vulnerable adults and their families or carers following an investigation
- report and make recommendations to government on systemic issues related to abuse, neglect and exploitation
- raise community awareness of abuse, neglect and exploitation, including how to prevent, identify and respond to matters
- administer the Official Community Visitors program, in relation to disability services and assisted boarding houses.
Key changes for providers Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission legislation
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 provides for the establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. The Commission is responsible for assisting the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner with functions that include:
- protecting and enhancing the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of aged care consumers
- promoting the provision of quality care and services by approved providers of aged care services and service providers of Commonwealth-funded aged care services
- consumer engagement
- complaints handling
- regulatory responsibilities
- providing information and education.
Fact sheets and more information available here.
Qassist is the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s regulatory compliance assistance education program.
This program is designed to help the aged care sector improve compliance and consumer outcomes. It provides education related to the applicable standards, quality principles, continuous improvement and the accreditation and quality review processes.
Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care – discussion paper
Your feedback is sought on key design elements to inform the development of a streamlined consumer assessment model for aged care, including:
- streamlining entry processes through My Aged Care;
- ensuring the quality of assessment services;
- ensuring that assessment better supports senior Australians to remain independent in their homes;
- managing aged care assessment in remote areas; and
- linking vulnerable older people to additional support.