Aged Care Complaints
Aged Care Complaints Scheme
The Aged Care Complaints Scheme is available to anyone who has a complaint or concern about an Australian Government-subsidised aged care service (residential or community care).
If you have a concern about the care you or someone else is receiving, it is important that you talk about it. Complaints can help providers improve the services and quality of care they provide to you or your loved one. Resolving one complaint can help other people too.
On this page:
- Do you have a concern or want to make a complaint?
- Raising your concern with the service provider
- Lodging a complaint with the Aged Care Complaints Scheme
- Asking for a review of a decision or process
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Contacting an advocacy service
- Reforms to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme
- Latest information about the Scheme
- Order printed products and view reports
Top of pageRaise a concern page on the Scheme’s website to find out all of the different ways you can lodge a complaint. The Translating and Interpreting Service and National Relay Service are also available, visit the Raise a concern page for further details.
Go to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme News website for more information.
What can you complain about?We provide a free service for people to raise their concerns about the quality of care or services being delivered to people receiving aged care services that are subsidised by the Australian Government. This includes quality of care, choice of activities, personal care, catering, communication and the physical environment.
We can refer complaints we are unable to examine to other organisations. If you lodge a complaint with us and we can’t help you, we will tell you why and who you can contact.
Who can make a complaint?Anyone can make a complaint, including:
- care recipients
- their representatives
- family members
- legal representatives
- aged care staff
- health professionals.
What types of services are covered by the Scheme?We examine complaints about the following Australian Government subsidised aged care services:
- residential aged care
- Commonwealth funded HACC
- community aged care packages (CACP)
- extended aged care at home pages (EACH)
- extended aged care at home - dementia packages (EACHD).
What happens after you lodge a complaint?When you lodge a complaint with us, we will explain the process, your options and what can be achieved through those options. You may be asked to clarify your issues, provide more information and discuss your expectations.
Please provide as much information as you can when you lodge your complaint. This helps us to understand all the issues and determine the most appropriate way to resolve your concern.
The Complaints Principles 2011 made under the Aged Care Act 1997 contain detailed procedures regarding the operation of the scheme.
Follow this link to the scheme's Privacy Statement.
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You can request a review by contacting the Scheme by telephone or in writing.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Scheme’s review, and your complaint relates to a Commonwealth HACC service, you may refer the matter to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
If your complaint relates to any other type of Australian Government subsidised service, you may ask the Aged Care Commissioner (the Commissioner) to conduct an independent review. Your request must be made within 28 days of receiving our decision letter and you must state the reasons why you are seeking a review by the Commissioner.
For more information about review rights, refer to the article on our website.
Contacting the Aged Care Comissioner:Phone 1800 500 294 (a free call from fixed lines; calls from mobiles may be charged)
Website Aged Care Commissioner - www.agedcarecommissioner.net.au
Fax (03) 9665 8026
Email information at the Aged Care Commissioner
Top of pagego to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme News website.
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An advocate can:
- provide you with information about your rights and responsibilities
- help you resolve your problem with the service provider, including speaking for you if you want them to
- listen to your concerns about the complaints process.
Advocacy services are free, confidential and independent. Services are available in each state and territory.
You can call Aged Care Advocacy directly on 1800 700 600 or with your permission we can phone an advocacy service on your behalf to explain your concerns and arrange for the service to contact you. To learn more about what advocacy is and what advocacy agencies do,visit the advocacy section of the Aged Care Complaints Scheme News website.
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Reforms to the Scheme include:
- expanding the range of resolution options
- encouraging local resolution, where possible
- early risk assessment of complaints
- improved communication,
- improved internal procedures, and
- the addition of Commonwealth HACC to the types of services we can examine complaints about.
Where the Commonwealth is funding HACC, and someone is unable to resolve their concern with the HACC service provider, they can contact the Scheme. The process for resolving HACC complaints will draw on the Scheme’s current approach, which includes greater collaboration and more options for resolving complaints.
Go to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme News website for more information about the reforms, progress, provide feedback and to receive regular updates.
The Scheme reforms are part of the Australian Government’s broader national health reform agenda which aims to deliver better health outcomes for Australians. Register on the Your Health website to receive regular updates on the implementation of national health reform.
Top of pageAged Care Complaints Scheme News website is your best source for up to date information about the Scheme.
Through this website, we aim to:
- keep aged care consumers, service providers and stakeholders up to date on Scheme reforms progress
- provide easy-to-understand information about the complaints process
- address topics of interest for care recipients, families, representatives, service providers and staff.
Top of pageYou can view and order resources online.
You can also view the latest Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 (ROACA) online.
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- Delivering More Aged Care Places For Eastern Melbourne
- $25 Million for accommodation for aged and disadvantaged
- Christmas message – remember to check in on your elderly relatives and neighbours
- 6,500 more aged care places for older Australians
- Boost for Home and Community Care in Western Australia
- Better HealthCare Connections: Aged Care Multidisciplinary Care Coordination and Advisory Service Program
- Better Health Care Connections: Models for Short Term, More Intensive Health Care for Aged Care Recipients Program
- Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC)
- Getting assistance from an SDAP Panel Member
- Service Development Assistance Panel Program Glossary
- 2012 National Aged Care Workforce Census and Survey – The Aged Care Workforce, 2012 – Final Report
- Australian Government Directory of Services for Older People 2012/13
- Interim Evaluation of the Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Aged Care Workforce Development Projects
- Consumer Directed Care Evaluation
- Australian Government response to Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration Report: Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia