Aged Care Governance Reforms

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Summary of Aged Care Governance Reforms

A new consumer-focused Aged Care Act will underpin these generational reforms.

The Australian Government will invest $30.1 million to support aged care providers to improve their governance and meet stronger legislative obligations. Reviewed Aged Care Quality Standards and an "Assistant Commissioner for Sector Capability and Education" will improve corporate and clinical government capability.

$13.4 million will be used to create a local network of Department of Health aged care staff, ensuring national planning is informed by local issues and needs.

A new "Inspector-General of Aged Care" will provide independent oversight, and older people will have a voice through the "Council of Elders". A new "National Aged Care Advisory Council" will support reforms development and offer expert advice to government.

Aged Care Governance Reforms Timetable


  • Initial rollout of expanded regional network to improve local planning and understanding of needs.
  • Council of Elders established to provide a direct voice to Government.
  • Nation Aged Care Advisory Council established to provide expert advice to Government.
  • Expanded capital infrastructure grants available to improve acess to better quality aged care services for First Nations people and those in rural and remote locations, or who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Improved services and health outcomes for people in remote and indigenous communities as a result of additional aged care funding.


  • New workforce of trusted First Nations people to assist Older First Nations people navigate and access aged and disabiity care.


  • Introduction of a new values-based Aged Care Act.


  • Strong and effective governance of aged care is in place with senior Australians at the centre and improved care outcomes consistently delivered.

Royal Commission Aged Care Final Report

Download RCAC Final Report:

1:   Recommendations (4.20 Mb)
2:   Current System (1.83 Mb)
3a: New System (2.65 Mb)
3b: New System (3.53 Mb)
4a: Hearings (6.56 Mb)
4b: Hearings (9.14 Mb)
4c: Hearings (8.82 Mb)
5:   Appendices (5.98 Mb)

Aged Care Reform Now

Aged Care Connect is a member of Aged Care Reform Now

Aged Care Reform Now

Aged Care Reform Now (ACRN):

  • is an online community of people with the shared vision of a high quality Australian Aged Care sector.
  • is rapidly growing in membership numbers.
  • consists of current care recipients, family members, friends, aged care workers, aged care advocates and others who are passionate about social justice.
  • members come together to contribute to, and lobby government for, meaningful Aged Care Reform.

ACRN aim is to develop sustainable solutions, not amplify problems. ACRN believe it is only by working together – with care recipients, families, staff, aged care providers, peak bodies, health related unions, academics, Health Department bureaucrats, and politicians – that frail older Australians will receive the appropriate care and support they need.

ACRN membership is FREE and has as an active Facebook group. You can join ACRN at:
ACRN Facebook Page.

If you’re not on Facebook, you can still access ACRN at:

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An individual placement plan is developed for each of our family clients.

The placement plan contains detailed client requirements and family preferences, shortlist of suitable facilities and a timetable of work completed and planned to achieve the successful placement outcome.

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Our family clients can request the current status of the tasks on the plan. This formal approach helps with communication between all interested parties, including social workers in the hospital.

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Summary of Recommendations and Download the Complete Report

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Seek Independent Advice

Covid-19 and the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care have increased awareness regarding quality services in aged care homes.

This has reinforced the benefit to seek independent and experienced assistance when placing your loved one into any aged care home.