The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency started on 1 January 2014 and was set up under the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013.
Our short title is the Quality Agency.
We are a statutory agency subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.
Our Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield.
We have an Advisory Council appointed by the Minister. Our annual report will be tabled in the Parliament, and we will appear at the regular Senate Estimates hearings three times a year.
The accreditation processes are set out in the Quality Agency Principles 2013.
The Quality Agency replaces Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd as the accreditation body for residential aged care, effective from 1 January 2014, and will become responsible for quality review of home care services from 1 July 2014.
Our functions, as set out in the legislation, are:
- to accredit residential care services
- to conduct quality review of home care services (from 1 July 2014)
- to register quality assessors
- to advise the Secretary of the Department about aged care services that do not meet the Standards
- to promote high quality care, innovation in quality management and continuous improvement
- to provide information, education and training.
The Quality Agency Act 2013 also provides for the CEO to perform “such other functions (if any) as are specified by the Minister by legislative instrument”, and “to do anything incidental to or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.”
We have offices in Parramatta (Sydney), Box Hill (Melbourne), Adelaide, Osborne Park (Perth) and Bowen Hills (Brisbane).
We have around 100 permanent registered aged care quality assessors, and a further 35 people in senior specialist or line management roles who are also registered assessors and who can be called upon to undertake audits. There are another 200-plus assessors who are also available to undertake assignments on a casual or contract basis, depending on the accreditation cycle.