New Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to start 1 January 2019 – $300M in funding and “dozens of compliance officers”

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The Federal Government has passed legislation that will see the new independent body receive over $300 million in funding over the next four years, including $48.2 million to employ a network of dozens of new senior compliance officers.

Underpinning the Commission will be the new aged care charter of rights, which will enforce a new single set of quality standards – the first change to standards in 20 years – from 1 July 2019.

Led by Commissioner Janet Anderson, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt says the new Commission will better target aged care homes that provide substandard care.

“The Commission will be a single, trusted point of contact for aged care recipients, their families and loved ones and aged care providers,” he said.

It’s already delivering on this promise – the Minister has announced the Commission will triple the number of unannounced reaccreditation audits in 2019, with unannounced inspections to rise to more than 3,000 next year.