EQuIPNational is a four-year accreditation program for health services that will ensure a continuing focus on quality across the whole organisation, for organisations required to be accredited to the NSQHS Standards.

It has been developed in response to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's (ACSQHC's) National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards ('National Standards') which are mandatory for health services from 1 January 2013.

EQuIPNational ensures organisations meet the necessary requirements to meet the NSQHS Standards, and offers a further five standards that focus on the performance of non-clinical systems as part of a comprehensive organisation-wide assessment - the essential areas of service delivery, provision of care, workforce management, information management and corporate governance and safety.

The key features of EQuIPNational are:

  • the ten NSQHS Standards against which hospitals and day procedure centres are required to be accredited,
  • the five EQuIPNational Standards, which have derived from key elements of the EQuIP program and cover the performance of service delivery processes, provision of care and non-clinical systems,
  • a rating system in line with that introduced by the ACSQHC for the NSQHS Standards,
  • comprehensive Guidelines to facilitate safety and quality improvement.


View the EQuIPNational brochure

View the EQuIPNational standards and criteria

View the EQuIPNational FAQs


To find out more about EQuIPNational contact a ACHS Customer Services Manager on csm@achs.org.au or phone ACHS on 02 9281 9955.

A secure member log-in is required to access the EQuIPNational Guide, Standards, Guidelines and supporting resources.

Last Review Date 12 January 2018

EQuIPNational Standards, Criteria, Items and Actions

EQuIPNational Interim Accreditation Guide

EQuIPNational Guidelines

EQuIPNational Accreditation workbook

EQuIPNational Table of Criteria

EQuIPNational Table of Mandatory Actions

EQuIPNational Accreditation Program Instructions

EQuIPNational Risk Management and Quality Improvement Handbook

EQuIPNational Resource for Private Hospitals

EQuIPNational Survey Planning Tools

Linkage Documents

EQuIPNational Summary Of Actions

EQuIPNational Standards 11-15 Fact Sheets

Such amazing tools to assist with guiding my ongoing quality journey.

Ann Gillies
- Nambour Hospital, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, QLD