Final Draft Strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards (SACQS)

The Final Draft Strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards (SACQS) were released on 15 December 2023 and will come into effect on 1 July 2024. There are a number of distinct changes from the current Standards to the SACQS, including additional requirements, concepts and terminology that will need to be reflected in your organisational operations, policies and procedures in the next six months.

Why use Aged Care in a Box?

Critical Success Solutions (CSS) has produced our Aged Care in a Box (ACIB) product for over 10 years, which is currently a suite of 90+ aged care policies and procedures. During this period, ACIB has supported many providers through reaccreditation with outstanding and sustainable results. Our documents have been praised by our clients and assessors who have audited our clients. We pride ourselves on quality of information, ease of use and aligning them to the Standards that the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission assessor will assess your organisation against.

We focus on your workers who need clear procedures in their day-to-day roles. Our Strengthened Standards Suite will be delivered with a new enhanced design and additional features to ensure ease of use, more consistent operational results and better outcomes for your consumers. Examples of these new improvements include:

Implementation Assistance

Does your workforce understand the Standards? Do the Standards requirements stand out in your current organisational policies and procedures? A set of quality policies and procedures can have a sustained and positive impact on workforce productivity and culture if implemented correctly.

The task of educating a workforce on a new set of standards and implementing a new suite of policies can be daunting. However, CSS is here to support you. CSS are available to educate your workforce on the key requirements of the SACQS, assist your team to modify your policies and procedures to be more meaningful to your organisation and assess your performance as an organisation against the SACQS.

CSS ACIB Strengthened Standards Suite is available in 2024 via a 12-month or 24-month retainer and like our existing clients, early adopters of this retainer can enjoy our 2023 pricing, before prices rise soon for 2024. As a request from a few providers that are currently on leave, we will extend our pricing freeze – so contact us before 31 January 2024, for this opportunity.

If you’d like to discuss new Strengthened Standards options for your organisation, and take advantage of our current pricing, please contact:  Fleur Hannen, Managing Director, mobile: 0414588795, email:

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