March 2018

Introduction of unannounced re-accreditation audits

The Minister for Aged Care The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP says unannounced re-accreditation audits will now replace announced re-accreditation audits across residential aged care services. The enactment of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Legislation Amendment (Unannounced Reaccreditation Audits) Principles 2018 means homes will no longer be given notice of the date of their re-accreditation audit, Minister Wyatt said.

The new arrangements will apply to all residential aged care services:

  • applying for re-accreditation from 1 July 2018
  • with an accreditation expiry date on, or after, 1 January 2019.

The new arrangements will not apply to providers that have already been advised of the date of their re-accreditation audit.

The move to unannounced re-accreditation audits includes:

  • a strengthened focus on Consumer Experience Reporting prior to audits
  • tighter profiling of homes to identify potential care and safety risks
  • self-assessment of performance to be included in application for re-accreditation.
     

Information sessions for providers

The Quality Agency will deliver a series of information sessions in May and June 2018 to inform approved providers of the changes to re-accreditation audits.  Details will be available in April Quality Standard and on the Quality Agency website

Minister Wyatt said “these changes will strengthen the oversight of aged care services to provide greater assurance that standards of care are consistently maintained, not just at re-accreditation times.”

He says the change builds on existing unannounced compliance monitoring by the Quality Agency: “Since October, the Agency has conducted over 1,500 unannounced assessment visits on homes, targeting specific quality standard requirements."  

For details on the new changes please see the Quality Agency website and the Department of Health website