New Restrictive Practices Requirements Starting 1 July 2021: What Aged Care Providers Need to Know

The Government is planning to introduce new restrictive practices requirements for residential aged care homes from 1 July 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

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A COVID-Safe Christmas for Aged Care: Key Infection Control Resources for Providers

The recent outbreak in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a stark reminder that while things have been going well with Australia’s management of COVID-19, the risk is still there.

In our last article for 2020, ACE has compiled this list of free resources to help you prepare for and prevent a COVID-19 outbreak this holiday season and beyond.


Infection control

ACE article with Infection Control Checklist Link - Infection Control Spot Checks in Residential Aged Care: What Providers Need to Know this article includes an Infection Control Checklist which we highly recommend.

Free webinar recording from CompliSpace – “Understanding the Gaps in Infection Control Plans that can put Residential Aged Care Facilities at Risk” – click here to request a copy of this webinar as well as three free audit tools: 


  • Outbreak COVID-19 Preparedness Audit Tool
  • Outbreak Management COVID-19 Audit Tool
  • Post-Outbreak Management COVID-19 Audit Tool


ACE article on infection control leads: Infection Control Leads: Summary of Requirements and Deadlines for Aged Care Providers


Staying up to date

“Key COVID-19 Regulatory Updates” tracking page – a free resource page from CompliSpace that tracks regulatory change due to COVID-19. Last updated 14 December. Click here to see the latest regulatory updates.


The Weekly Wrap – all the latest aged care news summarised in an easy-to-read wrap with links to the full stories.


Visitor control and communication

ACE article on communicating with consumers: How to Communicate with Aged Care Consumers and Their Families About COVID-19


State and Territory Aged Care Entry Restrictions: All Aged Care Providers should check the specific requirements in their state or territory via the links below and should ensure they have policies and procedures in place to monitor and enforce these restrictions.


Risk Management

ACE articles on the major risks facing aged care homes (including risk of a COVID-19 outbreak), with practical tips and links to further resources:

Mark Bryan
Mark is a Legal Research Consultant at CompliSpace and the editor for ACE. Mark has worked as a Legal Policy Officer for the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the NSW Department of Justice. He also spent three years as lead editor for the private sessions narratives team at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts/Law from the Australian National University with First Class Honours in Law, a Graduate Diploma in Writing from UTS and a Graduate Certificate in Film Directing from the Australian Film Television and Radio School.