You are required to comply with the Aged Care Principles if you intend to offer aged care services.
These principles set out the minimum standards of operation and outline specific methodology for providing aged care to care recipients in a manner compliant with all legal obligations.
The principles deal with issues such as:
- Requirements for providing for the safety and health of individuals under your care;
- Rules regarding the location of aged care services and how to apply for an allocation of a place;
- How care recipients are approved to receive residential, home or flexible care;
- Details of the aged care application process;
- Details of the level of care that must be provided to each care recipient and related subsidies;
- What service levels you will have to meet to attain extra service status;
- How to receive a grant from the Agency for providing aged care;
- Details of the services involved in aged care and how to receive accreditation and certification;
- Details of your responsibility to uphold a care recipient's rights; and
- Record keeping requirements.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
Department of Social Services
Ageing and Aged Care
Aged Care Act 1997 (Australian Government)
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