The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) will start assessing all providers of Commonwealth-subsided aged care services against the new single Aged Care Quality Standards from 1 July 2019. The ACQSC commenced operations on the 1 January this year, and is the single point of contact for aged care issues.  If you didn’t attend an information session delivered by ACQSA in 2018, you can watch the ‘Getting to know the standards’ webinar here. Guidance material has been published by the ACQSC, and is intended to assist organisations to implement, and maintain their compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards.  A copy of the new Aged Care Standards and resource material is available here What should aged care services to prepare for the new Aged Care Quality Standards?  First, watch this short youtube clip (2:35) The Self-Assessment Guidance Tool, which includes a self-assessment template and guide, was developed in consultation with stakeholders and has been tested with aged care service providers. It will replace existing guidance on self-assessment from 1 July this year. Providers are not required to submit self-assessment information against the new standards prior to 1 July, but the commission is encouraging operators to use the resource to prepare for the introduction of the new standards.  Access the self assessment tool developed by the ACQSC here. The Victorian HealthCare Association (VHA) has also released a publication for member agencies on transitioning to the new Aged Care Quality Standards.  An Excel Workbook for monitoring and self assessment has also been released by VHA.   This material is available to VHA members only. Alternatively, the Grampians Sector Development Team has developed another version of a self assessment tool that might be useful.  Access the tool here