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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 54.1

Responsibilities of approved providers

             (1)  The responsibilities of an approved provider in relation to the quality of the * aged care that the approved provider provides are as follows:

                     (a)  to provide such care and services as are specified in the Quality of Care Principles in respect of aged care of the type in question;

                     (b)  to maintain an adequate number of appropriately skilled staff to ensure that the care needs of care recipients are met;

                     (c)  to provide care and services of a quality that is consistent with any rights and responsibilities of care recipients that are specified in the User Rights Principles for the purposes of paragraph 56-1(m), 56-2(k) or 56-3(l);

                     (d)  if the care is provided through a residential care service--to comply with the Accreditation Standards made under section 54-2;

                      (f)  if the care is provided through a home care service--to comply with the Home Care Standards made under section 54-4;

                     (g)  if the care is provided through a flexible care service--to comply with the Flexible Care Standards (if any), made under section 54-5, that apply to a flexible care service of that kind;

                     (h)  such other responsibilities as are specified in the Quality of Care Principles.

Note:          The Quality of Care Principles are made by the Minister under section 96-1.

             (2)  The responsibilities under subsection (1) apply in relation to matters concerning a person to whom the approved provider provides, or is to provide, care through an * aged care service only if:

                     (a)  * subsidy is payable for the provision of the care to the person; or

                     (b)  both:

                              (i)  the approved provider is approved in respect of the aged care service through which the person is provided, or to be provided, with * aged care and for the type of aged care provided, or to be provided, to the person; and

                             (ii)  the person is approved under Part 2.3 as a recipient of the type of aged care provided, or to be provided, through the service.



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