Government to assess aged care regulator

The government will conduct a capability review of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

The Albanese Government has announced it will conduct a capability review of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells confirmed the government would act on the aged care royal commission recommendation after the former administration had failed to do so.

Anika Wells

“Australians told us that quality and safety in aged care is of utmost importance, and the Albanese Labor Government is progressing this review,” Ms Wells said in a statement.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission – established on 1 July 2019 – is responsible for protecting and improving the safety, health, wellbeing and quality of life for older Australians receiving funded aged care services. “It is critical that the commission is fit for purpose,” said Ms Wells.

The government’s review will consider whether the Commission has the appropriate resources, workforce, necessary regulatory and investigatory skills, clinical knowledge, assessment skills and enforcement skills, to meet its regulatory responsibilities.

“We will continue to work closely with the commission to deliver the significant reforms introduced to parliament, including the extension of the Serious Incident Response Scheme to in-home care, introduction of a new Code of Conduct, establishment of star ratings, and new provider governance reforms,” Ms Wells said.

An independent reviewer will be appointed shortly.

The review is expected to report back in the first half of 2023.

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1 thought on “Government to assess aged care regulator

  1. Unfortunately the aged care providers have been allowed to dictate, they do as they want because there is no accountability…….The funding the government gives must be used 100% for the people who need the care, unfortunately it doesn’t happen and the old, frail and feeble are unable to demand dignity and respect, the commission into aged care showed just how bad it is. Covid highlighted that the minimum is given to care and the providers demand more funding??? poor nutrition, the elderly are being taken advantage of, there is no transparency, no responsibility, no accountability…..even 2 years after the commission nothing has changed, except higher fees, less services and poor standards……..NDIS is also a classic example of misuse of government funding………where is the compliance where is the checking??? the whole system is fractured and flawed too many government offices, too many conversations too many debates and no action, how many people have to die??? billions being lost to operators instead the care of the aged for which the funding is intended….

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