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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

General submissions closed on 31 July 2020

General submissions closed on 31 July 2020

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Hearings and workshops

The Royal Commission conducts hearings in all capital cities and some regional locations to hear from witnesses and inquire into the Commission's terms of reference.

Interim Report

Entitled Neglect, the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, was tabled in the Australian Parliament on Thursday, 31 October 2019.


Aged Care Royal Commission submissions have now closed. Read about the Commission terms of reference and how submissions are used.

News and media

The latest news from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety includes media releases and our newsletters.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has resumed hearings and workshops but there will be no public access for the time being, subject to ongoing review. This decision is a consequence of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and based on information available from the Australian Government.

Submissions on the impact of COVID-19 closed on Friday, 4 September 2020.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

The Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO have been appointed as Royal Commissioners. The Letters Patent for the Royal Commission, which formally appoint the Royal Commissioners, also outline the Commission's terms of reference.

The Commissioners delivered an interim report on 31 October 2019, and are required to provide a final report by 26 February 2021.

Public submissions – deadline closed 31 July 2020


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Additional content


View live webcasts of hearings and workshops, or video recordings of previous hearings and workshops, or read the transcripts.

An audio version of the live webcast is also available.​

Read published submissions

Read a selection of submissions received, listed alphabetically by the submitting organisation. We aim to release more submissions over the lifetime of the Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledges their continuing connection to land, waters and community. 
We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.