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

Media releases

Options for funding Australia’s future aged care needs

The suggestion that working Australians could pay into a social insurance scheme to fund their future age care needs is among a series of options canvassed in a new consultation paper released by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Aged Care Royal Commission hearings to resume in July

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will resume hearings next month after a break to protect hearing participants and staff during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public submissions to close on 31 July 2020

The Royal Commissioners have announced that the deadline for general submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be at the close of business on Friday, 31 July 2020.

Investigation into impact of COVID-19 on aged care

The Commissioners thank those who have made submissions to date, and continue to encourage others to make submissions, as part of their ongoing inquiry into certain issues arising from responses to COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on aged care

The Royal Commissioners are very concerned by the reports of deaths due to COVID-19 in aged care facilities. They have already begun looking into the impact of the virus on aged care, consistent with their terms of reference

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all aspects of Australia’s economy and society, including the delivery of aged care services. In order to understand that impact fully, the Commissioners are seeking the views of those people directly affected.

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19

The Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Hon G T Pagone QC, calls upon all in the Australian community, including the Australian Government and aged care providers, to be vigilant about the many and varied impacts of, and responses to, COVID19.
Image of Commissioner Pagone

Deadline for aged care submissions extended to 30 June 2020

The deadline for submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will be extended by two months to 30 June 2020.

Aged Care Royal Commission suspends hearings and workshops

The Commissioners have decided to suspend all hearings and workshops 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.

Public access to Royal Commission hearings and workshops

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has taken the precautionary step of not permitting the public to attend hearings and workshops until further notice due to the risk to public health from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

 

Newsletters

Newsletter - Issue 4 - January 2020

The Interim Report was released on 31 October 2019 and was the mid-point of the inquiry. The report was the first opportunity for the late Commissioner, the Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC, and Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO, to share preliminary conclusions of the Royal Commission ahead of the Final Report.
Written submissions

Newsletter - Issue 3 - October 2019

New Commissioner appointed as the Royal Commission is extended. The Honourable Tony Pagone QC, was appointed in September as the third commissioner to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Portrait of The Honourable Tony Pagone QC

Newsletter - Issue 2 - August 2019

News from hearings, community forums, and from behind the scenes at the Royal Commission information line.

Newsletter - Issue 1 - May 2019

This newsletter will keep you updated on all community news associated with the Commission as well as information on how to make a submission and details on where to go for support.