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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 65.2

Appropriateness of imposing sanctions

             (1)  In deciding whether it is appropriate to impose sanctions on an approved provider for non-compliance with one or more of its responsibilities under Part 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3, the Secretary must consider the following:

                     (a)  whether the non-compliance is of a minor or serious nature;

                     (b)  whether the non-compliance has occurred before and, if so, how often;

                     (c)  whether the non-compliance threatens the health, welfare or interests of care recipients;

                    (ca)  whether the non-compliance would threaten the health, welfare or interests of future care recipients;

                     (d)  whether the approved provider has failed to comply with any undertaking to remedy the non-compliance;

                   (da)  the desirability of deterring future non-compliance;

                     (e)  any other matters specified in the Sanctions Principles.

             (2)  However, whether the non-compliance threatens or would threaten the health, welfare or interests of current and future care recipients is to be the Secretary's paramount consideration.



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