Royal CommissionThe Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has published its Interim Report. The final report is due by 12 November 2020.

The Commissioners are the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO. The late Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC was previously a Commissioner.

Hearings are streamed live and daily transcripts transcripts are published of proceedings.

Adelaide hearing 1 (11-22 February) explored perspectives on the aged care system as it presently exists.

Adelaide hearing 2 (18-22 March) considered aged care in the home.

The Sydney hearing (6-17 May) considered residential care, with a focus on care for people living with dementia.

The Broome hearing (17-19 June) considered issues of access and inclusion, with a particular focus on access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Perth hearing (24-28 June) inquired into aspects of person-centred care and palliative care.

The Darwin and Cairns hearings (8-12 July and 15-17 July) looked into aspects of care, access and quality of life.

The Mildura hearing (29-31 July) looked at the needs of family, informal and unpaid carers for older Australians, including support services for carers and respite care.

The Brisbane hearing (5-9 August) inquired into the regulation of aged care, with a focus on quality and safety and how aspects of the current regulatory system operate.

Melbourne 1 (9-11, 13 September) inquired into younger people in residential aged care, with a focus on impact, drivers and appropriateness of allocation policy as well as how to best support young people wishing to leave residential aged care.

Melbourne 2 (7-9, 11 October) inquired into diversity in aged care, including culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTI groups, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, care leavers, veterans, and the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

Melbourne 3 (14-18 October) inquired into the aged care workforce, with a focus on how to enhance capacity and how to make the aged care sector a more attractive and rewarding place to work.

The next hearings are confirmed as:

  • Mudgee 4-6 November: will inquire into arrangements for and issues associated with the provision of aged care services in regional areas, including Multi-Purpose Services. The Hearing will have a particular focus on aged care services in the Mudgee region.
  • Hobart 11-15 November: will inquire into the operations of selected Approved Providers that operate residential aged care facilities in Tasmania and elsewhere in Australia.
  • Canberra 9-13 December: will inquire into interfaces between the aged care system and the health care system, including both Commonwealth and state/territory programs. It will examine whether older people, particularly those living in residential aged care facilities, are able to access the health services they need as they age.

Future hearing dates in 2020 have not yet been announced. The location of each hearing will be announced as arrangements are finalised.

A number of Background Papers have been published.

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As your peak body we will provide Members with relevant and timely information and insights, and industry-specific expertise and services, to assist you in these times.

Across the full spectrum of legal, governance and risk, finance, media and public relations, employee relations, accreditation, and peer support, LASA and our Affiliates are here for you.

To discuss your needs, please contact the relevant LASA Advisors or Affiliates listed in our Royal Commission Directory of Support Services.

For further information please contact LASA Aged Care Royal Commission Project Coordinator Jane Bacot-Kilpatrick via janeb@lasa.asn.au