Like its predecessors, the Attendant Care Industry Management System Standard 2008 (ACIMSS), the Attendant Care Industry Standard 2013 (ACIS) and the Australian Community Industry Standard 2018 (ACIS) is the national quality management standard that specifically addresses the provision of community services. Providers operating in accordance with ACIS can gain acia-endorsed certification through a certification body accredited by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). Achieving certification to ACIS is a rigorous undertaking that requires service providers to achieve demonstrable quality outcomes for service users.
ACIS focuses on the key issues required to deliver high quality, individualised services in the community. It is applicable to any service provider offering low, moderate or high levels of support for people to live in their community and is not limited in scope to any one particular government department or funder. ACIS was developed by the industry for the industry, in collaboration with state and federal governments in response to the need for one, and agreed, generic community standards that specifically addressed the delivery of community support services. Quality is about continuous improvement, and ACIS has brought the former standard up to date with the new emphasis on choice, control and consumer-directed care.