One of the great things about having an External Assessment is that it highlights strengths and can show you where you can make improvements on your quality improvement journey
About the Australian Service Excellence Standards
The Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES) is an internationally accredited quality improvement program based around a set of approved standards. It is owned and administered by Department of Human Services (SA).
The Highwire Group is an approved assessor for ASES and The Home Care Standards
ASES is an achievable accreditation and quality framework for Health and Community Service Organisations.
ASES can help your organisation develop a culture of quality and continuous improvement and provide a level of confidence to your funders. Often accreditation against approved quality standards, or evidence of working towards this, is required to secure Government funding.
There are two levels of accreditation under ASES – Certificate and Award.
Certificate Level has three main sections with sub-sections:
- Sound Management – Planning, Governance, Finance and Contract Management
- People, Partnerships and Communication – People, Partnerships, Communication
- Service provision – Service Outcomes, Consumer Outcomes
Award Level has three main sections with sub-sections:
- Leadership – Leadership, Supportive Leadership, Critical Review
- Improvement – Continual Improvement, Organisational Learning
- Results – Business Outcomes, Consumer Outcomes, Community Contribution Outcomes
There are 18 Standards assessed in Certificate Level and eight assessed in Award Level.
Achieving Certificate Level Accreditation is a pre-requisite for Award Level.
Award Level Accreditation allows you to take the next step to become a leading quality organisation
“Our decision to engage Highwire stemmed from their professionalism, responsiveness and helpfulness … they also demonstrated a clear understanding of the sector we work within. We’d highly recommend Highwire Group to any similar organisation looking to undertake ASES.”
Alison Davies, Community Development Coordinator, Morella Community Centre
Highwire costs for ASES External Assessment vary depending on the size of your organisation, the level of Assessment and whether it is conducted in conjunction with other standards assessments. The Table of our costs are provided here.
Your organisation may be eligible for funding from DHS. Contact your DHS contract manager to find out.
Steps to Accreditation
There are seven main steps to the ASES process:
- Pre-Assessment Information Gathering
- Self-Assessment and Document Collection
- Book your Assessment
- Onsite Assessment
- Report and Quality Action Plan
- Accreditation Decision
Highwire has developed tools and templates to assist you through each step
Listen to Maree Davidson’s tips for approaching accreditation. (Presentation delivered via webinar for Homelessness NSW, 19.05.20).
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