In 2011 the National Health Reform Act 2011 established the Commission as a corporate Commonwealth entity to lead and coordinate national improvements in safety and quality in health care across Australia. Section 9 of the Act outlines the Commission’s functions that include requirements for consultation and cooperation with individuals, organisations and governments on health care safety and quality matters.

The Commission regularly seeks feedback from health care sector stakeholders through public consultation. Depending on the type of consultation, feedback is sought through:

  • electronic surveys
  • written submissions
  • consultation workshops and focus groups
  • interviews and teleconferences.

There are currently no public consultation processes open.


Update on the review of the NSQHS Standards

The Commission is currently revising version 2 of the NSQHS Standards to incorporate feedback received during the piloting and consultation processes. Thank you to everyone who took part in these processes and provided comments.

The Commission is required to run a consultation process on the costs and benefits of version 2 of the NSQHS Standards through a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The next version 2 of the NSQHS Standards will be released along with the Consultation RIS in mid-2016. The Consultation RIS will be available on this web page once the consultation process commences.

The final version 2 of the NSQHS Standards is scheduled for release in late-2017. Resources to implement version 2 of the NSQHS Standards are expected to also be available at this time.

Assessment to version 2 of the NSQHS Standards is planned to commence from 1 January 2019. Health service organisation will be informed of the transition arrangements for accreditation to version 2 of the NSQHS Standards well in advance of implementation.

There will also be flexible transition arrangements for the first round of health services organisations to be accredited to version 2 of the NSQHS Standards.

These dates will be updated as soon as they become available.

The consultation draft released in August 2015 is no longer available on the Commission’s web site, as changes have been made throughout the document based on feedback received.

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Last update: 26 May 2016