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    Consultation Feedback to the Quality Agency Draft CRIS 2018-19

    The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency recently conducted public consultation on proposed changes to existing cost recovery arrangements through its Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2018-19 (Draft CRIS).

    The Draft CRIS proposes a new levy, payable by approved providers of residential aged care services, for the cost of the annual unannounced site visit conducted by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, starting from 1 July 2018. 

    Consultation on the Draft CRIS closed on Friday 21 July 2017.

    Submissions received    
    A total of 26 submissions were received from a wide cross section of stakeholders, including members of the public, residential aged care providers, healthcare sector peak bodies and a number of aged care industry peak bodies. These included Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Aged Care Guild, Victorian Health Care Association and the Aged Care Industry Association. 

    Key messages
    The sector raised a number of issues regarding the Government’s decision to introduce a new levy for the cost of the annual unannounced site visit (USV) by the Quality Agency. Suggestions for providing greater clarity in the CRIS about certain aspects of the implementation of the levy included: 

    • the underlying calculations used to price the USV levy.
    • what happens if the levy amount needed to recover USV costs is overestimated.
       

    The Quality Agency acknowledges the feedback from stakeholders and thanks all those who contributed to the consultation process.

    Next steps
    The Department of Health, in consultation with the Quality Agency, is preparing legislation to introduce the levy from 1 July 2018.

    Feedback raised during consultation will be taken into consideration to further clarify the CRIS prior to implementation of the new cost recovery arrangements.  

    The sector will be notified when the updated CRIS is published on the Quality Agency website.

    More information 
    For more information on the Draft CRIS please contact qualityagencypolicy@aacqa.gov.au

    For information on current cost recovery arrangements for approved providers of residential aged care services, please refer to our Cost Recovery page.

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