In September 2018, the Prime Minister announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into the Aged Care sector. In the Australian system of government, royal commissions are the highest form of inquiry on matters of public importance.
The terms of reference for the Royal Commission are outlined in the Letters Patent, which the Administrator of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia signed on 6 December 2018. The final terms of reference were devised following more than 5,000 submissions received from aged care consumers, families, carers, aged care workers, health professionals and providers.
The Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO have been appointed as Royal Commissioners. The Royal Commission's interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019, and its final report no later than 30 April 2020.
Involvement with the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission’s Office is based in Adelaide and there is a website providing detail on their activities.
This includes information on making submissions and on hearings. The Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions from interested members of the public until at least the end of June 2019.
Background to Aged Care
The Royal Commission into AgedCare Quality & Safety has released a paper Navigating the maze: an overview of Australia’s current aged care system (1.87MB pdf). It outlines issues such as current models and types of care, funding, and quality standards & regulation among the topics.
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