Cutting red tape in aged care

The aged care sector will benefit from the Australian Government’s commitment to cut unnecessary and counter-productive legislation and regulations.

The Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says the move to cut red tape includes the repeal of aged care certification requirements which duplicate state and territory legislation.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield said that rules governing building standards are being administered by state and territory governments, which aged care providers are required to meet.

“Certification duplicates the ongoing work of state and territory governments in regulating and inspecting buildings,” Senator Fifield said.

“The Aged Care Quality Agency will continue to monitor compliance by aged care providers with state and territory rules to protect aged care consumers.

“The Australian Government is committed to working with the aged care sector to continually improve the quality and amenity of aged care services,” Senator Fifield said.

“Repealing certification demonstrates that we are serious about cutting unnecessary administrative requirements to free aged care providers from burdensome red tape and allowing them to focus on what they do best – providing high quality care to older Australians,” Senator Fifield said.

ENDS

19 March 2014

Media contact: Lydia Bevege | 0409 792 081 | lydia.bevege@dss.gov.au