Under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018, organisations seeking to provide aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government are required to be an ‘approved provider’.
To become an approved provider, organisations must make a written application which is assessed by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (the Commission). Deciding that a business is suitable to provide aged care involves a significant assessment process.
In the 2021–22 Budget, the Government decided that businesses applying to become an approved provider of aged care will be charged a fee to recover the costs of the assessment of their application.
Accordingly, businesses applying to become an approved provider of aged care will soon be charged a fee by the Commission to recover the costs of assessing their application. Further costs will be recovered from applicants who fail to provide all evidence requested prior to the application being submitted.
The approved provider application fee is anticipated to be introduced on 15 November 2021. The new arrangements and forms will be published on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission website.