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NSQHS Standards (second edition) coverThe second edition of the NSQHS Standards was endorsed by Health Ministers in June 2017, and released in November 2017.

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)

Implementation resources

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:

Other resources:

Fact sheets

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:

NSQHS Standards Mapping of second edition to first edition (PDF 550KB)

Overview of the NSQHS Standards (second edition) (PDF 303KB)

Clinical governance icon  Clinical Governance (PDF 113KB)

Partnering with consumers icon  Partnering with Consumers (PDF 110KB)

Preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infection icon  Preventing & Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection (PDF 106KB)

Medication safety icon  Medication Safety (PDF 134KB)

Comprehensive care icon  Comprehensive Care (PDF 94KB)

Communicating for safety icon  Communicating for Safety (PDF 107KB)

Blood management icon  Blood Management (PDF 101KB)

Recognising and responding to acute deterioration icon  Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration (PDF 104KB)


Further resources will be made available throughout 2018.


Printing resources to support NSQHS Standards (second edition)

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:
NSQHS Standards (second edition) print-ready files request form

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Last updated: 23 January 2018