The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was announced on 8 October 2018 and will provide an interim report by 31 October 2019 and a final report by 30 April 2020.
Adelaide Hearing 1 (11-22 February) explored perspectives on the aged care system as it presently exists. Adelaide Hearing 2 (18-22 March) will consider aged care in the home. It is expected the May hearing will be held in Sydney and consider residential care, dementia, quality and safety.
Future hearings are expected to be held in the weeks commencing 6 May, 13 May, 17 June, 24 June, 8 July, 15 July, 29 July, 5 August, 9 September, 8 October, 14 October, 4 November, 11 November and 9 December 2019. The location of each hearing will be announced progressively during the year as arrangements are finalised.
The Royal Commission will be accepting submissions via its website or by post. (GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001). Contact can also be made via telephone on 1800 960 711 (between 8.00am-8.00pm AEDT, Monday-Friday except on public holidays. Interpreter service available.) . To receive an email when these details become available, you can join the Royal Commission mailing list.
LASA has also prepared a comprehensive series of key messages to assist providers in speaking about the Terms of Reference, which are available here: Royal Commission Directory of Services