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How to maintain accreditation
The Australian Service Excellence Standards accreditation is three years.
Once you have achieved accreditation you need to stay motivated and keep your systems updated. Here is a list of suggestions on maintaining accreditation and continuously improving.
- Ensure staff are aware of how important it is to contribute suggestions for improvement.
- Establish a quality group or committee that meet regularly and focus on continuously improving systems and documentation such as policies and procedures.
- look at strategies to raise awareness across the organisation of your quality philosophy and agenda.
- Conduct training for new and current staff on quality concepts and continuous improvement tools.
- Hold lunch and learn sessions on quality and continuous improvement tools for interested staff.
- Develop and maintain a quality action plan.
- Develop an audit schedule and inform your staff when audits are to occur.
- Give yourself ample time to gather and develop evidence for your Australian Service Excellence Standards self assessment. Unless your organisations have a dedicated resource to prepare for external assessment, it generally takes between 12 – 18 months for most organisations.
- Book an assessment 6 months prior to your accreditation expiry date in case there are quality action plans to follow up.
- Talk with other organisations about how they manage their quality improvement processes.
- Keep asking for lots of feedback from your customers and other stakeholders.
- Consider using the continuous improvement tools to collect data on progress against outcomes or problem areas within the organisation.