Aged Care Council of Elders

The Australian Government established the Aged Care Council of Elders as part of governance arrangements for aged care reforms. The council plays a critical role in making sure that older Australians – who are most central to the aged care system – have input into shaping the aged care reforms.


The council provides advice from older Australians to the Government about aged care reform and ageing well. They consider views from all older Australians when providing their advice. To do so the council consults with older Australians on a range of matters including:

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

To support consultations with older 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.

Engagement opportunities will be published on the Aged Care Engagement Hub.

The council will report on the diverse issues, views, and perspectives of older Australians to the:

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

Read the Council of Elders terms of reference


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



Mr Ian Yates, 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). The Advisory Council has also been established under the aged care reforms.

Aged Care Council of Elders contact

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