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Read media releases from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and view previous issues of the ACRC newsletter.

Media releases

Final Report calls for fundamental and systemic aged care reform

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled in Parliament today.

Royal Commissioners present Final Report to Governor-General

Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO, have presented the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd).

High quality aged care needed to meet Australians’ expectations

A new research paper by the Caring Futures Institute at Flinders University highlights the need for comprehensive change in aged care and the Australian community’s strong commitment to achieve it.

Financial means and quality in residential aged care

New research investigates whether the quality of aged care facilities varies with residents’ financial means.

Hospitalisation rates in residential aged care

New research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows the rates of hospitalisation of aged care facility residents aged 65 years or more.

Update from Aged Care Royal Commission on cyber security incident

An investigation into the November 2020 cyber-security incident at the Aged Care Royal Commission’s document management service provider, Law In Order, has concluded.

Elder Abuse in Australian Aged Care Facilities

Around 39.2 per cent of people living in Australian aged care facilities experience elder abuse in the form of neglect, emotional abuse or physical abuse according to experimental estimates by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

How far do people move to access aged care?

New research shows many people in non-metropolitan regions move more than 100 kilometres, or drive for more than 60 minutes, from their home when they begin permanent residential aged care or use respite in an aged care facility.

Australian residential aged care quality indicators

Research released today presents over 50 quality indicators about residential aged care including how results are distributed across facilities. This is the most detailed profile of quality in residential aged care that has been published in Australia.

What it’s like for people inside the aged care system

Only around one-quarter of the people living in a residential aged care facility or receiving a home care package feel that their care needs are always met,




Newsletter - Issue 5 - Spring 2020

Welcome to the latest Newsletter from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. In this issue we look at our final hearings, a special report on COVID-19 in aged care and a review of publications recently released by the Commission.

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.