A notice of non-compliance was issued to the Peninsula Village Retirement Centre last Wednesday.

The facility on NSW’s central coast was first brought to the attention of authorities when an unannounced visit from the department’s Complaints Investigation Scheme on 22 October confirmed that the home had failed to report an assault within the required 24-hour period.

The visit was in response to a telephone complaint on 7 October of an alleged sexual assault, which is being investigated by the NSW Police.

The non-compliance notice was issued because of a failure to report an alleged assault and because the agency found nine staff members employed without police checks on 24 October.

“Police checks are important. They are about protecting the most vulnerable members of our society – the frail and aged,” Mrs Elliot said.

“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring older Australians in nursing homes and hostels receive quality care in a safe and secure environment.”

The release from Mrs Elliot’s office also said that the home had provided misleading information in regard to police checks.

The staff members without police checks and the facility’s director of nursing have been stood down.

The notice of non-compliance said although the home had systems and processes for reporting allegations of sexual assault, “these systems were not operating effectively”.

The home had 14 days to respond to the notice from the date of issue and sanctions may be imposed if the department is not satisfied with the response.

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