Aged Care – Police Checks for Community Visitors Scheme Volunteers

As a result of this year’s Budget, police checks will now be done on all staff working in aged residential and community care to afford a greater level of protection for older people and greater peace of mind for their families.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • The Government is committed to improving the safety and security of vulnerable older people living in aged care homes.
  • The risk of recruiting unsuitable people will be reduced by the requirement of police checks for all staff in residential and community aged care services directly subsidised by the Government and all visitors supported by the Community Visitors Scheme.

Who will benefit?

  • Care recipients and their families will have greater assurance of protection from physical and sexual abuse as police checks become a consistent industry-wide practice.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed new funding of $1.8 million over four years to provide funding to the Community Visitors Scheme to carry out police checks on volunteers.

What have we done in the past?

  • Although key personnel such as Directors of Nursing have been required to undergo police checks, other aged care staff and volunteers under the Community Visitors Scheme have not been subject to the same requirement.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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