Assessment & Accreditation

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All hospitals and day procedure services and the majority of public dental services across Australia need to implement the NSQHS Standards.

In most cases, state and territory health departments determine which health service organisations must be assessed against the NSQHS Standards. Some other health services may require accreditation due to funding arrangements. Some health services have voluntarily implemented the NSQHS Standards as part of their quality management and improvement processes, such as private dental practices, transport and community health services.

If you are unsure of your accreditation requirements contact your governing body or state and territory health department. A contact list of state and territory health departments is available under the heading State and territory health department contact details below.

Assessment to the second edition will commence from 1 January 2019. Information on transition arrangements and changes to the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme are available in the fact sheets here. The flow chart of assessment to NSQHS Standards (second edition) is available here.

The Commission has also developed a fact sheet for consumers explaining accreditation.