Every Australian has the right to access quality, safe and affordable aged care services. It’s important to know how to become a registered aged care provider and what your rights are as a provider.
The government aims to ensure that every Australian has access to quality, safe and affordable aged care services. To achieve this goal:
The government provides subsidies and grants for aged care services. It regulates aged care providers to ensure they meet standards of care set by the Australian Government.
Aiming for registration
If you want to become a registered aged care provider, you will need to apply for registration. This page explains how to do this and what to expect during the registration process.
The first step towards registration as an aged care provider is to submit an application for registration to the Department of Health. The application must be made on the approved form and include the information required by that form.
Once your application has been submitted, they will assess it against the requirements set out in relevant legislation and standards. The department will contact you if they need additional information or clarification about your application.
You can check the progress of your application online using the Provider Entry Application Tracking System (PEATS). You can also contact the department using PEATS if you would like an update on the progress of your application.
Transfer from another registered provider
If another registered aged care provider has agreed to transfer its registration to you, you can apply through the Department of Human Services (DHS). You will need to submit an application form and supporting documents with DHS within 28 days of receiving notice that another provider has agreed to transfer its registration to you. If a transfer application is approved, both providers must notify accredited providers who are providing subsidized services under their agreement with either of them that they intend to transfer registration.
It’s good to see the department accepting new registrations as it will help to ensure that more aged care providers are on board with the changes and reforms. The Department of Social Services is optimistic that when all the planned changes have been completed, the reputation of Aged Care will be stronger in the eyes of residents, their families and friends, and the general public.
The process of becoming a registered aged care provider can be lengthy and challenging. The Australian Government aims to provide an improved resident experience and quality services, so there are many regulations related to health, safety and quality standards. The Department of Health has a long list of criteria that providers need to meet.
The final word
This guide will help experienced aged care workers start their own business by setting up a privately-run care home. There are many advantages of running your own business as an aged care provider. If you properly complete and submit registration, care plan and contract documents to the appropriate state or territory authority, you will be registered as a recognized aged care provider.