The Aged Care Quality Agency will be holding a national conference in August for aged care providers to better understand the new aged care quality standards and regulatory framework.

The conference will include a pre-conference workshop, Better Practice Awards dinner to announce the winners, and digital poster displays over the two days.

It will also be holding a series of state-based events to better respond to emerging issues in the sector.

The Better Practice Awards will again recognise projects, initiatives or programs that act as exemplars for other service providers to encourage continuous improvement, innovation and excellence.

The new Aged Care Quality Standards will be introduced from July 2018 (subject to Government agreement and parliamentary processes) with a 12 month transition until July 2019.

The new Standards will increase the focus on quality outcomes for consumers and make it easier for consumers, their families and representatives to understand what they can expect from a service.

They will also make regulation simpler for providers and encourage innovation, excellence and continuous improvement. Supporting the transition to the new Aged Care Quality Standards is a key priority for the Quality Agency in 2018.

The Quality Agency is working with consumers, providers and other key stakeholders to assist service providers to comply and help consumers to understand the new Aged Care Quality Standards.

Nominations for the Better Practice Awards close on 30 April.