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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

Statement from the Honourable Tony Pagone QC relating to the COVID-19 outbreak in aged care facilities

It is important that I correct some public expectations that may inadvertently have arisen following statements which have been made over the last few days.
The Honourable Tony Pagone QC.

Hearing to examine evolving impact of COVID-19 on aged care

A hearing dedicated to the responses by the aged care sector to COVID-19 and the effect of those responses on aged care services is being held from 10 to 13 August 2020.

Australians strongly support funding of high-quality aged care

Landmark new research by Flinders University shows Australians strongly support increased funding to ensure universal access to high-quality aged care servic

Hearing into mental health, oral health and allied health care

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will conduct a hearing in Melbourne from 15 to 17 July 2020 to examine the provision of mental health care, oral health care and allied health care to people receiving aged care services. These services often play a critical role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of older people.

Australia talks about older age and aged care

Australians of all ages want to be assisted to live independently in their own home during their retirement years rather than ever having to go to an aged ca

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.




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.