New Standard Developed for the Attendant Care Industry to Address Sub-Standard Attendant Care Providers Operating Within Industry
New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) March 03, 2011
The Attendant Care Industry Management System Standard (ACIMSS) is a new standard that has been developed by the Attendant Care Industry Association of NSW (ACiA) in cooperation with State Government agencies that fund attendant care services for the public, as well as various representatives of the attendant care industry.
It is the first national service delivery standard for the Australian attendant care industry and seeks to address the problem of sub-standard attendant care providers operating in the industry. In introducing a new standard for the provision of attendant care, ACiA has lodged a notification to obtain legal protection for a requirement that all providers be audited by a single body.
Achievement of ACiA Endorsed Certification has been mandated as a condition of tender for the provision of attendant care services to several State Government agencies, including the NSW Lifetime Care and Support Authority.
ACiA is implementing a single certifying body arrangement to achieve the effective implementation of the ACIMSS program by ensuring that all certified attendant care providers comply with all the requirements of the standard and are audited consistently.
“An effective auditing system is pivotal to the ability of ACIMSS to achieve its aims to improve the standard of attendant care being provided to vulnerable people.” ACCC Chairman, Graeme Samuel, said.
“The ACCC considers that the notified conduct will help ensure a robust auditing system is put in place for ACIMSS certification, resulting in benefits to attendant care service users and providing better value to the State Government agencies that subsidise these services.”
As a result, the ACCC has decided not to take action to remove the legal protection for the notified conduct at this time.
The ACCC also notes, however, that the public benefits of the conduct are likely to decrease after the initial phase of the ACIMSS program if there is no process that would provide for the endorsement of other certifying bodies .The ACCC therefore expects that ACiA will adopt a process to allow for the endorsement of additional certifying bodies after the first three year phase of the ACIMSS program.
More information regarding the notification and copies of the ACCC’s Decision are available from the ACCC’s website www.accc.gov.au/ExclusiveDealingRegister or by emailing the Adjudication Branch at email@example.com.
Businesses may obtain protection in relation to conduct that might be at risk of breaching the exclusive dealing provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 by lodging a notification with the ACCC. Once lodged, protection for the notified conduct begins automatically, or in the case of third line forcing, after 14 days.
The ACCC may revoke a third line forcing notification if it is satisfied that the likely benefit to the public from the conduct will not outweigh the likely detriment to the public from the conduct. If it is not so satisfied, the ACCC may choose to take no further action in respect of the notification. In this case, the legal protection afforded by the third line forcing notification remains in place.
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