Approved providers have until 1 December this year to complete their first annual suitability check for key personnel.
Failing to comply with this requirement will carry a significant penalty of 300 penalty units, which is just shy of $100,000.00.
How to satisfy this requirement
Approved providers must assess each of their key personnel against each of the “suitability matters” which are listed in 8C of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 and be reasonably satisfied that the individual is suitable to be involved in the provision of aged care.
Providers must keep records of the assessments including:
• The names of each person assessed;
• The date or dates on which the suitability matters were considered (indicating it may take some time to undertake this process);
• The outcome of the approved provider’s consideration of each suitability matter in relation to the key personnel; and
• The reasons for reaching that outcome.