The Commissioner for Aged Care Quality and Safety, Ms Janet Anderson PSM, has been reappointed for a further three years.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said Ms Anderson had shown extraordinary leadership during a challenging time.
“I congratulate and thank Ms Anderson for her leadership of the Commission over a period of major change that included new quality standards, additional functions and powers, sustained public scrutiny from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and a challenging operating environment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Minister Colbeck said.
“I look forward to her continued leadership of the Commission’s contribution to the Government’s landmark $17.7 billion aged care reform program now under way. Ms Anderson will play a critical role in this program.
“Her experience and understanding of the aged care sector will support the Government as it moves to strengthen the Commission’s role to protect and enhance the safety, health and wellbeing, and quality of life of Australians in aged care.”
Ms Anderson was the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s founding Commissioner – her reappointment provides a continuity of experience, knowledge and expertise for the Commission.
“This will be particularly important while the significant aged care reforms are being undertaken and the Commission adapts to those changes,” Minister Colbeck said.
Ms Anderson has extensive management experience, particularly in the health sector, including leadership roles at state, territory and Commonwealth levels.
She was Deputy CEO in the Northern Territory Department of Health (2016‑2017), First Assistant Secretary of the Health Services division in the Commonwealth Department of Health (2012-2015), and Director of Inter-Government and Funding Strategies in the New South Wales Department of Health (2006-2011).
In 2009, she was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding work in health policy development and reform.