Background Paper 7: Legislative framework for Aged Care Quality and Safety regulation

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released its latest background paper on Australia's current aged care system.

Background Paper 7: Legislative Framework for Aged Care Quality and Safety Regulation, summarises the key aspects and complexities of the current regulation of quality and safety in aged care.

The paper addresses a number of issues including:

  • approval of providers, making them eligible to receive government subsidies and supplements to provide aged care
  • the responsibilities of approved providers, including those in relation to quality of care, user rights and accountability
  • accreditation and quality review processes
  • enforcement and sanctions
  • complaints processes
  • advocacy and community visitors 

"Aged care quality and safety regulation is intended to protect and enhance the health and wellbeing of care recipients," the paper states.

The paper details responsibilities and obligations associated with the Aged Care Act and the Charter of Aged Care Rights. It also summarises the scope for the care recipient to make a complaint to the service provider or the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner.

The paper also outlines details of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission's regulatory functions and the handling of complaints in relation to aged care by the same body.

This paper is part of a series of background papers the Office of the Royal Commission is issuing. Any views expressed in it are not necessarily the views of the Commissioners.

The paper is now available to view on the publications page.

Published on 2 August 2019.