The Residential Aged Care Amendment (Red Tape Reduction in Places Management) Act 2016 became law on 10 February.

The Act amends the Aged Care Act 1997 to:

•  change the process for transferring places between aged care providers,  so that a transfer will be considered approved unless it is vetoed

• increase the timeframe for providers to make provisionally allocated places operational from two to four years, while limiting the number of extensions available.

This means providers no longer need to apply to the Department of Health for approval to transfer an aged care place to a different provider.

They will simply advise the department of the transfer by completing a Transfer of Notice proforma. The department will be able to veto a transfer due to quality of care, prudential, financial or other significant concerns.

View the new Act

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