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AGED CARE ACT 1997 - SECT 8.3

Suitability of people to provide aged care

             (1)  In deciding whether the applicant is suitable to provide * aged care, the Secretary must consider:

                     (a)  the applicant's experience in providing aged care or other relevant forms of care; and

                     (b)  the applicant's demonstrated understanding of its responsibilities as a provider of the type of care for which approval is sought; and

                     (c)  the systems that the applicant has, or proposes to have, in place to meet its responsibilities as a provider of the type of care for which approval is sought; and

                     (d)  the applicant's record of financial management, and the methods that the applicant uses, or proposes to use, in order to ensure sound financial management; and

                     (e)  if the applicant has been a provider of aged care--its conduct as a provider, and its compliance with its responsibilities as a provider and obligations arising from the receipt of any payments from the Commonwealth for providing that aged care; and

                      (f)  any other matters specified in the Approved Provider Principles.

             (2)  In considering a matter referred to in paragraph (1)(a), (b), (d), (e) or (f), the Secretary may also consider the matter in relation to any or all of the applicant's * key personnel.

             (5)  The Approved Provider Principles may specify the matters to which the Secretary must have regard in considering any of the matters set out in paragraphs (1)(a) to (f).

             (6)  The references in paragraphs (1)(a) and (e) to aged care include references to any care for the aged, whether provided before or after the commencement of this section, in respect of which any payment was or is payable under a law of the Commonwealth.

             (7)  Paragraph 8-1(1)(d) and sections 10A-2, 10A-3 and 63-1A do not limit this section.



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