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    Moving to unannounced audits

    On Wednesday 25 October 2017, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care announced that the Government is committed to move as soon as possible to the replacement of announced re-accreditation with unannounced audits in residential aged care services.

    The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency is currently working with the Department of Health on an implementation plan.

    The announcement followed formal release by Minister Wyatt of the Carnell Paterson Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.

    The report makes recommendations on the aged care regulatory quality framework for the Government’s consideration. The Government is considering the Review’s recommendations in the context of broader aged care reform.

    What this means for residential aged care providers

    The current re-accreditation audit program based on existing arrangements of notified site audits will be replaced by audits without notice to providers.  

    The existing arrangements of the Quality Agency monitoring compliance with the Accreditation Standards through the announced re-accreditation audits will remain in place until this change is made.

    The Quality Agency will also continue to monitor compliance with the Accreditation Standards through assessment contacts (both announced and unannounced).

    As more information is available on the move to unannounced audits, we will update this page and also provide updates in our monthly newsletter, Quality Standard.

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    See the Department of Health website for: 
    - Minister's statement on unannounced audits
    - Report on the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.

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    Regular updates will be provided on this page.