The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards were developed by the Commission with the Australian Government, state and territory partners, consumers and the private sector. The primary aim of the NSQHS Standards is to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of health care. They describe the level of care that should be provided by health service organisations and the systems that are needed to deliver such care.
The second edition of the NSQHS Standards was released in November 2017. Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition from January 2019. You can download the second edition and supporting resources here.
Health service organisations will continue to be assessed to the first edition of the NSQHS Standards until January 2019, pending transition arrangements. Health service organisations will be informed of the transition arrangements well in advance of implementation of the second edition.
The latest updates and information about the National Standards Program
The second edition addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Find out which organisations need to be accredited and the steps for implementing the NSQHS Standards
Find out how dental practices can use the NSQHS Standards to improve safety and quality of care
Find out how the approval process for accrediting agencies works
Resources, tools and documents to assist health service organisations using the NSQHS Standards (first edition)
Formal communication from the Commission to accrediting agencies to provide guidance and direction on the interpretation and/or assessment of the NSQHS Standards (first edition).
Information about the scheme that provides for the national coordination of accreditation processes
Information about the projects the Commission is undertaking to improve the care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in health service organisations, using the framework of the NSQHS Standards
Last updated: 29 June 2018