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.
It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.
Assessment to the second edition will commence from 1 January 2019. Health service organisations will be informed of the transition arrangements well in advance of implementation.
The second edition was developed by the Commission in consultation with the Australian Government state and territory partners, consumers, the private sector and other stakeholders.
Download a copy of the second edition here:
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) (PDF 2MB)
The Commission has developed a series of resources to support health service organisations implement the second edition of the NSQHS Standards.
NSQHS Standards guides for different healthcare settings:
The Commission has developed summary fact sheets to introduce health service organisations to the second edition.
National Model Clinical Governance Framework fact sheets:
Implementing the NSQHS Standards fact sheets:
Three fact sheets have been developed for consumers about the NSQHS Standards. Developed in consultation with consumers and the state-based health consumer organisations, the fact sheets share advice on what consumers can expect in each of the following areas:
Further resources will be made available throughout 2018
The PDF versions of the resources available on this page can be used to print copies from standard printers.
To print these resources at a commercial printer, please use the following link to request print-ready files:
Request for NSQHS Standards (second edition) commercial design files
Registration for the NSQHS Standards Assessor Orientation Course is now open. For more information, please visit the link below:
The Commission developed the monitoring tool as part of a suite of resources to assist health service organisations to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition). This monitoring tool allows health service organisations to track the progress of implementing each standard. It should be used together with the relevant NSQHS Standards Guide and the Accreditation Workbook.
NSQHS Standards Monitoring Tool:
Two video tutorials are available to assist health service organisations with using the tool:
Last updated: 20 April 2018