Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On 16 September 2018, the Australian Government announced a Royal Commission into the aged care sector. The Royal Commission is looking at the quality of residential and in-home aged care and will provide a final report by 12 November 2020.

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When did it start?

The Royal Commission started on 8 October 2018.

What is the commission doing?

The Royal Commission is looking at:

  • the quality and safety of residential and in-home aged care for older people
  • the quality and safety of care for young people with disabilities living in aged care homes, including:
    • the extent to which these services meet peoples’ needs
    • the extent of substandard care, including mistreatment and all forms of abuse
    • the causes of any systemic failures
    • actions that should be taken in response
  • how to best deliver aged care services to:
    • people with disabilities living in aged care homes (including younger people) 
    • people living with dementia 
  • how to give people more control and choice in relation to their care, and improving engagement with families and carers
  • what the government, aged care sector, families and community can do to ensure quality and safety in aged care
  • how to best deliver aged care services in a sustainable way through:
    • innovative models of care
    • use of technology
    • investment in the aged care workforce and capital infrastructure 
  • the future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality aged care services in Australia, including in: 
    • the context of changing demographics and preferences, i.e. people's wish to stay in their own home as they age 
    • remote, rural and regional Australia

The Royal Commission will provide:

  • an interim report by 31 October 2019
  • a final report by 12 November 2020

Find out more and have your say

Visit the Royal Commission website to find out about:

If you have an urgent matter, please contact the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

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22 January 2020
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