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Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018

2016-2017-2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Health)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—Preliminary                                                                                               1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 2

4............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 2

5............ Object of this Act................................................................................ 2

6............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

Division 2—Definitions                                                                                                 4

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 4

8............ Meaning of Commonwealth-funded aged care service etc.................. 6

9............ Vacancy in the office of an Advisory Council member....................... 6

Part 2—Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission                                        8

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                             8

10.......... Simplified outline of this Part.............................................................. 8

Division 2—Establishment etc. of the Commission                                        9

11.......... Establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission....... 9

12.......... Constitution of the Commission.......................................................... 9

13.......... Function of the Commission............................................................... 9

Part 3—Commissioner                                                                                                       10

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           10

14.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 10

Division 2—Functions and powers of the Commissioner                         11

15.......... Commissioner................................................................................... 11

16.......... Functions of the Commissioner........................................................ 11

17.......... Consumer engagement functions of the Commissioner.................... 12

18.......... Complaints functions of the Commissioner...................................... 12

19.......... Regulatory functions of the Commissioner....................................... 12

20.......... Education functions of the Commissioner......................................... 13

21.......... Rules may make provision for, or in relation to, the performance of a function of the Commissioner     13

22.......... Minister may give directions to the Commissioner........................... 16

23.......... Fees................................................................................................... 16

Division 3—Appointment of the Commissioner                                             18

24.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 18

25.......... Acting Commissioner....................................................................... 18

Division 4—Terms and conditions of appointment                                      19

26.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 19

27.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 19

28.......... Other paid work................................................................................ 19

29.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 19

30.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 19

31.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 20

Part 4—Staff of the Commission etc.                                                                        21

32.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 21

33.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 21

34.......... Persons assisting the Commissioner................................................. 21

35.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 22

Part 5—Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council                          23

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           23

36.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 23

Division 2—Establishment and functions of the Advisory Council     24

37.......... Establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Advisory Council 24

38.......... Functions of the Advisory Council................................................... 24

39.......... Minister may give directions about the Advisory Council’s functions 24

Division 3—Membership of the Advisory Council                                       25

40.......... Membership of the Advisory Council............................................... 25

41.......... Appointment of Advisory Council members.................................... 25

42.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 26

43.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 27

44.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 27

45.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 28

46.......... Disclosure of interests to the Advisory Council................................ 28

47.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 28

48.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 29

49.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 29

Division 4—Procedures of the Advisory Council                                         30

50.......... Procedures of the Advisory Council................................................. 30

Part 6—Reporting and planning                                                                                 31

51.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 31

52.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 31

53.......... Consulting on corporate plans........................................................... 31

54.......... Annual operational plans................................................................... 31

Part 7—Information sharing and confidentiality etc.                                     33

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           33

55.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 33

Division 2—Information sharing                                                                           34

56.......... Commissioner must give information to the Secretary in certain circumstances       34

57.......... Secretary must give information to the Commissioner on request..... 34

58.......... Minister may require the Commissioner to prepare reports or give information       34

Division 3—Making information publicly available                                    36

59.......... Information about an aged care service may be made publicly available.. 36

Division 4—Protected information                                                                       37

60.......... Prohibition on use or disclosure etc. of protected information.......... 37

61.......... Permitted disclosures of protected information by Commissioner.... 38

62.......... Limits on use or disclosure etc. of protected information disclosed by the Commissioner       39

63.......... Disclosure to court etc....................................................................... 40

Part 8—Entry and search powers                                                                              41

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           41

64.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 41

Division 2—Powers of authorised complaints officers in relation to premises   42

65.......... Power to enter premises and exercise search powers in relation to complaints etc.  42

66.......... Consent............................................................................................. 42

67.......... Asking questions and seeking production of documents.................. 43

Division 3—Powers of regulatory officials in relation to premises    45

68.......... Power to enter premises and exercise search powers for regulatory purposes         45

69.......... Consent............................................................................................. 45

70.......... Asking questions and seeking production of documents.................. 46

Division 4—Search powers                                                                                       48

71.......... Search powers................................................................................... 48

72.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 48

Division 5—Appointment of authorised complaints officers etc.         50

73.......... Appointment of authorised complaints officers................................. 50

74.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 50

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        52

75.......... Simplified outline of this Part............................................................ 52

76.......... Delegation by the Commissioner...................................................... 52

77.......... Rules................................................................................................. 52

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: