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Sydney Hearing 5

Funding, financing and prudential regulation

This hearing will inquire into the financing and sustainability of future improvements to the aged care system, the appropriate funding model or models to support the delivery of aged care services, and the prudential regulation of aged care providers.

Date: 14 - 22 September 2020 
Location: There will be no public access. Please follow the hearing on the live webcast.
Time: 10am AEST

The hearing will also inquire into:

  • whether there is a need to establish a specific financing mechanism to support government (and private) contributions to the aged care system, and if so, how this could be achieved
  • whether sustainable high quality care is best secured by funding from consolidated revenue or such other models as social insurance as adapted in other jurisdictions
  • whether and how individuals should contribute to the cost of receiving aged care services, including whether distinctions should be drawn between the contributions made for different kinds of aged care services (for example, domestic assistance, personal and clinical care, ordinary living expenses, and accommodation)
  • whether the current system for determining the amounts of government subsidies paid to aged care providers is suitable for its purpose
  • whether the funding available to providers under the current aged care system is sufficient to support the provision of high quality aged care;
  • whether, how, and by whom should the price of government subsidies and private fees for aged care services be determined, including in markets where there is not effective competition between providers
  • whether the prudential regulation regime that applies to aged care providers is adequate to ensure the sustainability and stability of the aged care system, and if not, what changes if any should be made to improve the prudential regulation of aged care services

The Royal Commission has approached the organisations and individuals from whom it seeks evidence for this public hearing.

Leave to appear

Applications for leave to appear at the public hearing from anyone who considers that they have a direct and substantial interest in the public hearing must be received by 5pm (ACST) on Friday 7 August 2020.

Individuals and organisations who have been invited or required to give evidence at the public hearing are invited to make an application for leave to appear. Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 3 and must be made using the Royal Commission’s application form.

Practice Guideline 3 and the application for leave to appear form are available for download below:



To see a full list of all exhibits tendered to the Royal Commission please visit the Document Library.


The Royal Commission will publish its reports and other papers as they become available.  A range of research papers, background papers and related publications are also available.