Aged Care Council of Elders

Older people have a formal voice to Government on ageing and aged care through the members of the Aged Care Council of Elders.


The Australian Government established the Aged Care Council of Elders as an advisory body to the aged care reforms.

The Council of Elders provide a direct voice to the Australian Government from older Australians. This voice is informed by their lived experiences and local networks.

The Council of Elders talk to older people about changes being made to aged care and listen to their experiences. The Council use this information to give independent advice to Government about the aged care system and ageing well. They consider views from older people across Australia when providing their advice.

To do this the council consults with older people on a range of matters including:

  • aged care quality and safety
  • the needs of older people and their families and carers
  • the rights and dignity of older people.

We will publish opportunities to engage with the council on the Aged Care Engagement Hub.

The council reports on the diverse issues, views, and perspectives of older people to the:

  • Minister for Health and Aged Care
  • Minister for Aged Care
  • Department of Health and Aged Care.

Council advice targets key issues related to the aged care reforms.

Read the Council of Elders terms of reference for more information.  

Please note the terms of reference are currently under review. For more information, please email us.


The Council of Elders’ members comprise a mix of diverse skills, expertise, and backgrounds. They represent broad geographical locations and consider views from across Australia.

In April 2023, Anne Burgess was announced as the chair of the Council of Elders. Ms Burgess has been appointed to this role for 2 years.

In January 2023, Ian Yates AM commenced as the Interim Inspector-General of Aged Care. As a result, Mr Yates stepped down from his role as Chair of the Council of Elders.



Ms Anne Burgess AM


Dr Michael Barbato, OAM

Council member

Professor Tom Calma, AO

Council member

Ms Gwenda Darling

Council member

Ms Val Fell, OAM

Council member

Ms Gillian Groom, AO

Council member

Ms Danijela Hlis

Council member

Mr Bill Jolley

Council member

Dr Gill Lewin

Council member

Professor John McCallum

Council member

Ms Sue McCann

Council member

Dr Kay Patterson, AO

Council member

Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, AM

Council member

Ms Margaret Walsh, OAM

Council member


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


Related committees or groups

The Chair of the Council of Elders is a member on the
National Aged Care Advisory Council. The advisory council has also been established under the aged care reforms.


Connect with the council on Facebook.

Aged Care Council of Elders contact

Contact us for more information about or questions on the Council of Elders.
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