Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Aged Care Guidelines and Standards


The standards and guidelines have been developed to guide aged care practice and policy in Australia.

Government and non-government organisations

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

In Australia, residential aged care homes are required to be accredited to receive Australian Government subsidies. The ACSAA have been appointed as the independent accreditation body, to assess homes’ performance against a set of legislated Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation Grant Principles

These Principles repeal the Accreditation Grant Principles 1999, and describe the role of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency which is the body corporate paid accreditation grant for the purpose of accreditation of residential care services in accordance with the Principles.

Aged Care Act 1997

Aged care service providers must comply with their obligations under the Aged Care Act 1997.

Aged Care Assessment and Approval Guidelines

Guidelines for assessing applicants as care recipients and instructions on use of the Application and Approval Form.

Approved Provider Information

General information regarding approved providers including: what is an approved provider; gaining approval as an approved provider; circumstances affecting suitability; key personnel; and approved forms and guidelines.

Residential Care Manual

The Residential Care Manual has been updated and revised to help approved providers comply with their responsibilities under the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care Principles (the Principles); and to assist staff of aged care services understand the regulation of residential aged care.

Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care

'Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care' are evidence-based guidelines developed by the Australian Palliative Residential Aged Care (APRAC) project team. The guidelines aim to provide support and guidance for the delivery of a palliative approach in residential aged care facilities across Australia.

Guidelines for Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities - 3rd edition

These Guidelines take into account existing professional standards and relevant legislation, and makes recommendations with regard to policies and practices in individual facilities to ensure that all areas of medication management and decision making function together as a coordinated whole using a teamwork approach.

Guiding Principles for Medication Management in the Community

These Guiding Principles have been developed by the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC) with the aim of promoting the quality use of medicines and better medication management in the community.

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