Accreditation of Australian Government subsidised residential aged care homes (aged care homes) was introduced to improve the quality of services delivered to older members of the Australian community living in aged care homes. The Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) firmly established the link between quality and expenditure by the Government on residential aged care. Expenditure on residential aged care subsidies and supplements was $5.3 billion in 2005–06.
This is the final report of the project to 'evaluate the impact of accreditation on the delivery of quality of care and quality of life to residents in aged care homes' (the project), which was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) in November 2004. The project was led by Campbell Research & Consulting (CR&C), who worked with associates from DLA Phillips Fox Lawyers and Monash University.