National Aged Care Advisory Council

The National Aged Care Advisory Council provides advice to government on key matters relating to the aged care sector.


The Australian Government established the National Aged Care Advisory Council in 2021 in response to recommendation 7 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report.

The council provides expert advice to government on key matters relating to the aged care sector. This includes providing advice on:

  • implementation of the aged care reforms
  • improving navigation and delivery of aged care services
  • building the capability of providers and workforce to meet changing requirements under the reforms.

Members include:

  • people accessing aged care services
  • aged care workers
  • providers
  • health and allied health professionals
  • specialists in training and education
  • independent experts.   

We use advice from the council to ensure aged care reforms consider a wide range of perspectives across the aged care sector.

The council reports to the Minister for Health and Aged Care and the Minister for Aged Care.

More information on the advisory council's role is contained in the Terms of Reference.


The members of the National Aged Care Advisory Council have wide ranging expertise and knowledge of the aged care sector.

Council members are not organisational representatives, but are selected because of their strong connections to sector organisations and relevant expertise.

A refreshed membership was announced in January 2024.

Ms Andrea CooteAged Care and Quality and Safety Advisory Council, Member, (former Chair) ChairVic
Ms Rachel Argaman OAMOpal Health Care, Chief Executive Officer Council memberNSW
Mr Mike Baird AOHammondCare, Chief Executive Officer Council memberNSW
Ms Anne Burgess AMChair, Council of EldersCouncil memberSA
Ms Annie ButlerAustralian Nursing and Midwifery FederationCouncil memberVic
Mr Carlo CarliChair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of AustraliaCouncil memberVic
Ms Jody CurrieSenior Research Fellow, Melbourne UniversityCouncil memberQld
Ms Jenny DoddCEO of TAFE Directors AustraliaCouncil memberACT
Mr Craig GearOlder Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), Chief Executive Officer Council memberNSW
Dr Sandra IulianoSenior Research Fellow (Nutrition)Council memberVic
Ms Maree McCabe AMDementia Australia, Chief Executive Officer Council memberVic
Mr Simon MillerAnglicare NSW (Home Care and Residential Care)Council memberNSW
Associate Professor Michael Murray AMAssociate Professor, Austin Health, Director of Geriatric Medicine, provider board member, and President of National Ageing Research InstituteCouncil memberVic
Ms Carolyn SmithUnited Workers UnionCouncil memberWA
Ms Pat SparrowCouncil on the Ageing (COTA)Council memberVic
Mr Tom SymondsonCEO of Aged and Community Care Providers Association and member of the Aged Care TaskforceCouncil memberVic
Ms Cathy ThomasBlue Care (Home Care and Residential Care)Council memberQld
Mr Lloyd WilliamsHealth Services UnionCouncil memberVIC


The National Aged Care Advisory Council meets every 6 weeks.


Related committees and groups

In addition to the National Aged Care Advisory Council, the Australian Government established the Council of Elders as an advisory body to the aged care reforms.

The Council of Elders provides advice from older people to the government about the aged care system and ageing well.

The Chair of the Council of Elders is a member of the Advisory Council.


National Aged Care Advisory Council Contact

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