Government to set aged care quality standards

Australian government-subsidised aged care services will have to meet a single set of quality standards under reforms due to come into force from July next year.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the Single Aged Care Quality Framework had been designed in consultation with industry and aged care representatives.

Two key parts of the framework are:

  • A draft single set of quality standards for all aged care services; and
  • Options for a streamlined approach for assessing provider performance against the single set of standards.

“We have an opportunity to shape the future of an affordable, sustainable and flexible aged care sector,” Mr Wyatt said.

“The papers propose changes that will apply to Australian Government-subsidised aged care services.

“They include residential care, home care, flexible care, the Commonwealth Home Support Program, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program.

“What we are proposing will affect consumers, their families and carers, aged care organisations, staff of organisations, and other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.”

National Seniors will make a submission on the single aged care quality framework before the 21 April deadline.

For further information, visit the department’s website.

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