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About the Commissioner and their office
The statutory position of Aged Care Pricing Commissioner was created as part of reforms to the Aged Care Act 1997, which provides at Section 95B the legislative basis for the appointment and functions of the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner. These functions include the approval of proposed accommodation payments that are higher than the maximum amount determined by the Minister, the approval of Extra Service fees, and any other functions conferred on the Commissioner by the Minister or under Commonwealth law.
Certain other statutory instruments further outline the functions of the Commissioner: the Fees and Payments Principles 2014 (No. 2) and the Extra Service Principles 2014.
Further information on the Commissioner’s role and functions can be found on the links below:
- The Commissioner and their functions
- Approval of accommodation payments
- Approval of Extra Service fees
The Commissioner’s reports
The Commissioner is required by section 95B-12 of the Aged Care Act 1997 to prepare and give to the Minister for presentation to the Parliament as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year a report on the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner’s operations during that year.
The Commissioner must include in the report the number of applications that were made to the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner during the financial year for approval to charge an accommodation payment that is higher than the maximum amount of accommodation payment determined by the Minister, the number of such applications that were approved, rejected or withdrawn during the financial year, and the number of applications that were made to the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner during the financial year for approval to charge an extra service fee.
The Commissioner’s first such report is published on the Commissioner’s website.
The Minister for Aged Care the Hon Sussan Ley MP provided the Commissioner with a Statement of Expectations in January 2016. This Statement of Expectations complements the requirements of the Commissioner and their office as set out in the Aged Care Act 1997. It outlines the Government’s expectations about the role and responsibilities of the Commissioner, priorities, stakeholder relationships, management and reporting.
The Statement of Expectations and the Commissioner’s Statement of Intent in response are published below.
- Statement of Expectations – Aged Care Pricing Commissioner (PDF 5662 KB)
- Statement of Intent – Aged Care Pricing Commissioner (PDF 964 KB)
Routinely requested information and disclosure log
The Commissioner’s disclosure log (link to Freedom of Information Disclosure Log) lists information which has been released in response to a Freedom of Information access request.
The Commissioner’s spending of public money is regulated by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. Spending must also comply with the Commonwealth Procurement Rules.
The Commissioner exercises expenditure powers under delegation from the Secretary of the Department of Health pursuant to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
Budget and staffing
The Commissioner’s budget allocation for 2013/14 was $1.1 million for a 9 month period, which included staff salaries and the Commissioner’s remuneration.
The Commissioner invited stakeholder consultation in December 2012 – January 2013 on the arrangements for the assessment of applications for the approval of accommodation payments above the maximum amount determined by the Minister.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Commissioner publishes responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist applicants for approval of accommodation payment amounts or Extra Service fees. These can be found on the Commissioner’s FAQ webpage.
Subscriptions and updates
The Commissioner maintains a subscription email list for all stakeholders. This subscription email list is used for the distribution of important updates and information for stakeholders. You can subscribe at www.acpc.gov.au/subscribe
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