State and territory health departments have endorsed the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme which requires all hospitals and day procedure services to be assessed to the NSQHS Standards. Under the AHSSQA Scheme, it is the Commission’s responsibility to approve accrediting agencies seeking to assess health service organisations against the NSQHS Standards. The Commission is also responsible for approving accrediting agencies to assess health service organisations against the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Trauma Recovery Programme (TRP) Standards.
The AHSSQA Scheme sets out the responsibilities of accrediting agencies in relation to implementation of the NSQHS Standards. The AHSSQA Scheme has been reviewed and the Commission is working with the Australian Government, states and territories and other stakeholders on the implementation details. Accrediting agencies seeking to assess health service organisations to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards will be invited to apply for approval in May 2018.
Applications from accrediting agencies are assessed by a panel which includes representatives from the public and private health care sectors, as well as senior Commission staff and a representative from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The next Assessment Panel will be convened in July 2018.
Application form for the approval of accrediting agencies and the Guide to the approval process for accrediting agencies will be available in May 2018. Accrediting agencies submitting an initial application are encouraged to contact the Commission’s Advice Centre on 1800 304 056 to discuss their intention to apply and preparation of their application.
A current list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at:
Registration for the NSQHS Standards Assessor Orientation Course is now open. For more information, please visit the link below:
Last updated: 24 April 2018