Invitation to comment on the costs and benefits of implementing the revised National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

Update on the review of the NSQHS Standards timelines


Invitation to comment on the costs and benefits of implementing the revised National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is inviting comment from interested individuals or organisations on the consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) regarding the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

The consultation RIS describes three options for maintaining the NSQHS Standards, which includes the Commission’s recommended option.

The Commission is seeking feedback on your preferred option as well as the costs and benefits to you of implementing version 2 of the NSQHS Standards. The information collected from this consultation process will be submitted to health ministers along with the final version of the NSQHS Standards for their consideration.

The consultation documents can be downloaded using the following links:

Your comments can be sent by post or email to:

NSQHS Standards Consultation RIS
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
GPO Box 5480
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Email to: NSQHSStandards@safetyandquality.gov.au

All submissions must be received by close of business on 5 August 2016.

The time available to finalise version 2 of the NSQHS Standards and submit it for approval is limited. Therefore, late submissions will not be included in the analysis provided to health ministers.

For further details please contact the Commission’s Advice Centre by email or call 1800 304 056.

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Update on the review of the NSQHS Standards timelines

The Commission is currently revising version 2 of the NSQHS Standards.

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 organisations 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 service organisations to be accredited to version 2 of the NSQHS Standards.

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

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Last update: 7 July 2016