Aged care resident looking at a page from My Aged Care

Sanctions

Sanctions can be applied to aged care homes (also called a nursing home) and service providers delivering home care packages in your own home.

If there is an immediate and severe risk to the safety, health or wellbeing of someone receiving aged care services, the Department of Health may place sanctions on the service provider.

Sanctions can also be placed on a service provider when it has received a Notice of Non-Compliance but has not fixed the problem in an agreed period of time.

A range of sanctions may be placed on providers depending on the problems that have been identified. Sanctions usually mean a service provider must use an expert to help fix the problems as quickly as possible. A sanction may also mean that the service provider can’t take on any new care recipients while the sanction is in place.

The Department of Health receives information about problems in aged care services from a range of sources, including the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.

When a service provider receives a sanction

Care recipients receiving care and services from a sanctioned service provider will be sent a letter telling them about the problem/s at the service and what the sanctions mean.

The service provider is expected to arrange a meeting with care recipients, as well as family members. The purpose of the meeting is to tell everyone what the problem/s are and how they will fix them by a certain date.

The department will check that the service provider fixes the problems.

When a service provider has a current sanction

You can see if an aged care home has received a sanction on the Non-Compliance Finder and on the aged care homes find a service tool.

You can see if a home care package service provider has received a sanction on the Non-Compliance Finder, and from February 2017 on the Home Care Package Finder.

Last reviewed: 20 December, 2016.