The terms of reference for the aged care royal commission have been announced

  • A judge and a public servant will jointly head the aged care royal commission.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a key task will be to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and older Australians.
  • The commission will run for 18 months.

The aged care royal commission will have two commissioners, one a judge and the other a senior a public servant, and run for the next 18 months to re-establish trust that the elderly will be treated with dignity and respect.

The Royal Commissioners into Aged Care Quality and Safety, established following reports of abuse of the aged while in care, will investigate the extent of substandard care.

Australia’s aged care sector is worth about $20 billion and has about 2,000 service providers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Justice Joseph McGrath, a Supreme Court judge in Western Australia, and Lynelle Briggs, a former CEO of Medicare Australia and an Australian Public Service Commissioner, bring strong investigative skills and extensive experience in corporate and public sector governance.

“Our Government wants to ensure Australians have access to the level of care and support each person would expect for themselves,” says Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“A key task of the Royal Commission will be to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and older Australians.”

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference include:

  • Quality and safety including the extent of substandard care.
  • How to best deliver care services to people with disabilities residing in aged care facilities including younger people.
  • How to best deliver care to the increasing number of Australians living with dementia.
  • The future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality aged care services, including people’s desire to remain living at home as they age, and aged care in rural, regional and remote Australia.
  • What the Government, the aged care sector, Australian families and the wider community can do to strengthen care services to ensure quality and safety.
  • How to allow people greater choice, control and independence and how to improve engagement with families and carers.
  • How to best deliver sustainable aged care services through innovative care and investment in the aged care workforce and infrastructure.
  • Any matters that the Commissioners believe is relevant to their inquiry.
  • The vast majority of Australia’s aged care services and their dedicated staff deliver outstanding care but our responsibility is to ensure there are no exceptions.

“There will be absolutely no compromise on the safety and quality of aged care,” says Morrison.

The Royal Commission will be based in Adelaide and expected to provide an interim report by October 31 next year and a final report by April 20, 2020.