We have previously written about the introduction of a Code of Conduct for Aged Care. The Code has now been finalised and applies to approved providers, aged care workers, and governing persons from today, the 1st December 2022.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has published a Code of Conduct for Aged – Guidance for approved providers document, and we encourage providers to review this guidance, where they can find useful examples of what the Code looks like in practice. Our self-assessment modules for the Code, available on SPP are a great resource for organisations looking to ensure their readiness for the Code.
Also coming into force today are a number of responsibilities relating to provider governance, including:
- Notifying the Quality and Safety Commission of material changes to provider suitability
- Consideration of suitability of all key personnel
- Notifying the Quality and Safety Commission of changes regarding key personnel
- Ensuring appropriate staff qualifications, skills and experience
- Reporting on providers’ operations and statement of compliance
We have developed a package of resources to assist aged care providers with these new governance requirements, including the following:
- Self-assessment module for Provider Governance responsibilities
- Policy: Provider Governance (Aged Care)
- Policy: Key Personnel
- Template: Key Personnel Suitability Checklist
- Template: Key Personnel Declaration and Undertaking
- Template: Governing Body Requirements Checklist
You can find these new resources in the Reading Room of your SPP or ACCPA Quality Portal account, by searching for “aged care governance”.