Why ACIS Certification
ACIS is the only independent, national, quality management standard that specifically addresses the provision of attendant care services. The ACIS can and is being applied to assess the quality of services being delivered to any individual requiring low, moderate or high levels of support to live in their community. A summary of the Standard can be downloaded here.
A Provider’s perspective on choosing ACIS as their Quality Standard
”The benefit to an organisation of meeting a standard such as ACIS, is that all areas of service provision and service management are covered; everyone in the organisation has procedures and policies to follow and service users are aware of their rights and responsibilities from the beginning of their service; this reduces any grey areas and improves relationships with our service users and prevents misunderstandings and complaints. Staff are also more confident in making decisions as they have written guidelines and procedures to follow. We can honestly say that implementing ACIS has definitely improved our service provision to our service users, it has improved our reporting systems and we also feel it has had a positive impact on staff retention (which as you would all know is a very important area with no obvious solutions)”. CSS-Care and Support, September 2015
To read more about a recent provider’s perspective regarding the implementation of ACIS, please click here. Providers may find this useful for planning, preparing staff and service users, understanding what it’s like to work with auditors, and the benefits of implementing ACIS.
Funding Bodies that recognise and mandate ACIS
The following funding bodies have either mandated that funded service providers achieve ACIS, or have endorsed and/or recognised the Attendant Care Industry Standard as a standard that meets or contributes substantially to their quality assurance needs:
- Lifetime Care & Support Authority (NSW)
- Lifetime Support Authority (South Australia)
- Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC)
- NSW Health (Enable NSW)
- Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC Victoria)
- Tasmanian Motor Accidents Insurance Board (TAS MAIB)
- WorkCover NSW
ACIA has worked productively with the agencies listed above to ensure the ACIS is appropriate to the needs of a diverse set of funded programs.