New standards under the Single Aged Care Quality Framework passed by Parliament
By Julie McStay11 Sep 2018
The Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Reform Bill 2018, which establishes the new quality standards was passed by parliament on Monday evening.
The new standards, which apply to all aged care providers, represent the Federal Government’s commitment to reforming and driving continuous improvements in the quality of aged care and represents a significant challenge for providers, being the first upgrade to the aged care standards in 20 years.
Now that the legislation has passed, providers will be assessed against the new standards from 1 July 2019 and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has indicated that it expects that providers will use the intervening period between now and 1 July 2019 to understand the new standards and implement them in their own service models.
While the new standards represent a much-needed reform to the assessment of the performance of providers of aged care and the information about quality and safety that is available to consumers, they also pose a significant challenge which all providers will need to embrace.
Accordingly, we strongly encourage all of our subscribers to start thinking about the new standards immediately, how they will be implemented into your organisation’s service model and how your organisation will ensure compliance by 1 July 2019.
Hynes Legal is currently offering a comprehensive service which allows providers to transition seamlessly to the new standards and to assist providers to reach compliance by July 2019. For more information about this service please click here.
If you would like more information about the new standards or the other transitional supports and services which Hynes Legal offers to assist providers in transitioning to the new standards, please contact us here.