Regulations alignment across care and support sectors

Work to align regulation across the aged care, disability and veterans’ care sectors will improve quality and safety for participants and consumers.

 

The changes will make it easier for service providers and staff to work seamlessly across different types of care and support, providing greater choice of services for consumers living in residential aged care or receiving aged care services at home, those receiving veterans’ in-home care and assistance, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants, and those who receive other disability services.

 

A consultation paper, Aligning regulation across aged care, disability support and veterans’ care, has been released on 17 November 2021 to inform the development of a roadmap towards better alignment.

 

Consumers and participants, their families and carers, workers and providers, and sector peak bodies are invited to have their say.

 

Similar services are provided across these sectors – approximately 36 per cent of aged care providers also operate in disability support or veterans’ care – yet there are separate and overlapping regulatory requirements.

 

Better alignment of regulation will cut red tape and make it easier for service providers and workers to deliver the highest levels of care and support. This will be achieved while also ensuring appropriate protections for Australians receiving these services remain firmly in place.

 

Any regulatory changes will complement the Government’s broader reform of the aged care system to ensure high quality, safe care services are delivered, that provide dignity and respect to senior Australians.

 

The Government has already committed to align aspects of regulation in the short term, such as the development of a single Code of Conduct for these sectors, and introducing consistent screening of workers. A roadmap will be developed for medium to longer term regulatory alignment for consideration by Government.

 

The Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission are working together to deliver the care and support regulatory alignment reform program.

 

Workshops exploring regulatory alignment opportunities will be held from mid-November through to December 2021. Consultation includes opportunities to submit a written submission and/or participate in online surveys and focus groups.

 

For more information and to have your say as part of the consultation process, go to the Consultation Hub, https://consultations.health.gov.au/

More information about the alignment of regulation reform program and the consultation paper is available at https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/aligning-regulation-across-the-care-and-support-sector

 

17 November 2021.