Peter Shergold Appointed Chair of Aged Care Reform Implementation Council
Minister for Ageing, Mark Butler has appointed one of Australia’s eminent public servants, Professor Peter Shergold AC to Chair of the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council.
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19 June 2012
Minister for Ageing, Mark Butler today appointed one of Australia’s eminent public servants, Professor Peter Shergold AC to Chair of the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council.
The Council will oversee delivery of the Government’s $3.7 billion aged care reform package Living Longer. Living Better announced in April.
The reforms will be delivered in stages with the Council working closely with the sector to assist in managing transition.
The Minister said Mr Shergold brought a wealth of experience to the role.
“As a former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and a senior public servant for two decades, Peter Shergold has proven his capacity to drive reform of this scale,” Mr Butler said.
Dr Shergold said it was vital that the reform package is “implemented with vigour and evaluated with care.”
“This is the most ambitious reform plan for aged care in a generation and clearly it will require good advice on implementation,” he said.
The Council will report to the Minister twice a year and evaluate aged care reforms as they are implemented.
“Living Longer. Living Better reflects what older Australians, their families and carers, and aged care providers have told is wrong with the system, along with the valuable input of the Productivity Commission report, Caring for Older Australians,” Mr Butler said.
“Our reform plan is a turning point and we need to ensure the reforms deliver on their promise.”
Remaining members of the Council to be announced later this month.
For all media enquiries, contact the Minister’s office on 02 6277 7280
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