The council will provide advice from senior Australians to the Government about aged care reform and ageing generally. To do so the council will consult with senior Australians on a range of matters including:

  • aged care quality and safety
  • the needs of senior Australians and their families and carers
  • the rights and dignity of senior Australians.

To support consultations with senior Australians, the council may:

  • call for written submissions and surveys
  • hold public meetings and workshops
  • facilitate focus groups and individual interviews
  • engage in online consultations, including webinars.

Read our fact sheet for more information on the council.

The council will report on the diverse issues, views, and perspectives of senior Australians on aged care reforms to the:

  • Minister for Health and Aged Care
  • Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services
  • Department of Health.


Nominations are now open for the first ever Council of Elders members.

Council members will represent the diverse characteristics, life experiences and views of senior Australians. They must be consumer-focused and have no conflicts of interest.

Read our fact sheet for more information on the characteristics of council members.

How to nominate

To submit a nomination, please provide your Curriculum Vitae and a short statement of no more than one page, on your experience and suitability. The statement should address:

  • why you think you are suitable to be a member of the Council of Elders
  • what you would bring to the role
  • key personal characteristics including gender, age, geographic location, life experience and whether you belong to a special needs group
  • current experience or engagement with the aged care system.

Read our fact sheet for more information on how to nominate.

Email nominations to us by Friday 15 October 2021.

Once nominations have closed, we will assess submissions to identify a group of recommended candidates. There are limited positions on the council. Unsuccessful nominees will have other ways to contribute to reforms, for example through various consultations.


The council will meet 6 times per year, or more frequently as required.

Related committees or groups

Once appointed, the Chair of the Council of Elders will be a member on the
National Aged Care Advisory Council (NACAC). The NACAC is also being established under the aged care reforms.


Aged Care Council of Elders contact

Contact us for more information on the Council of Elders, including member nomination submissions and enquiries.

councilofelders [at]

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Last updated: 
30 September 2021