Aged Care

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation in New South Wales has made six orders granting regulatory exemptions with respect to Retirement Villages. These exemptions were first issued on 27 May 2020 and have recently been reissued for a third time, extending their operation until 31 March 2022. […]

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Updated guidelines have been published clarifying how retirement village operators (RV Operators) can be reimbursed for costs associated with producing newly required Asset Management Plans (AMP) in New South Wales. As noted in our previous blog post, RV Operators are required by 1 January 2022 or 1 July 2022 to comply with the AMP provisions, […]

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The Commonwealth Department of Health (the Department) recently issued a discussion paper and survey seeking input from the aged care industry relating to the pending end of the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) system for residential care from 1 July 2024. The change is a significant shift in how residential aged care will be delivered […]

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The Australian Government has introduced a Bill aimed at delivering the second stage of aged care reform in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission's final report.

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On 20 August 2021, the Retirement Villages Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2021 (NSW) (Amendment) was published on the NSW legislation website. It commenced immediately. Specific retirement villages operators in NSW will need to ensure compliance with the new obligations outlined in the Amendment from 1 January 2021 and on an ongoing quarterly basis. The Amendment imposes […]

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A new amending regulation has clarified when retirement village operators need to comply with the new Asset Management Plan (AMP) provisions. Depending on when a retirement village’s financial year commences, the first AMP has to commence on either 1 January 2022 or 1 July 2022. The amendments also provide that the transition period afforded to […]

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The Serious Incident Response Scheme (the SIRS) commences on 1 April 2021, bringing into effect new requirements for incident reporting and incident management systems. The requirements apply to all providers who provide care and services to recipients in residential care or flexible care which is provided in a residential setting (Residential Care Providers). SIRS update […]

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Approved Providers would be aware that Australian health officials will shortly be commencing the largest vaccination program in Australian history and plan on vaccinating much of the Australian population this year against COVID-19. In a media release, Greg Hunt, the federal minister for Health and Aged Care outlined that aged care residents would be a […]

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We recently posted about the Serious Incident Response Scheme (Scheme) and the important aspects that Approved Providers should keep in mind. The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Serious Incident Response Scheme and Other Measures) Bill 2020 has now passed both houses of parliament and is awaiting assent. Approved Providers should be aware that the Scheme will […]

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New RV Regulations (New Regulations) have been made following the commencement of the Retirement Villages Amendment Act 2020 (NSW) on 1 January 2021 (outlined in a previous blog). The New Regulations are: Retirement Villages Amendment (Exit Entitlement) Regulation 2021 (NSW), from 4 February 2021; and Retirement Villages Amendment (Asset Management Plans) Regulation 2021 (NSW), from […]

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