Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Aged Care Royal Commission
The World Health Organization has announced that the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a pandemic.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety took the step of suspending all hearings and workshops on 20 March 2020 due to the risk to public and staff health. After careful monitoring of advice from Australian Government in June, the Royal Commission has decided to resume hearings but they will be closed to the public. Members of the public are encouraged to follow hearings using the live webcast available on this website.
Why are these changes being put in place?
The Royal Commissioners want to ensure robust measures are in place to protect the public, particularly frail older people, who may be at risk of contracting the virus at public events like hearings.
The Commissioners also emphasise that the health and wellbeing of staff and those engaging with the Royal Commission is critically important. The Royal Commission’s future work program will continue to be informed by public health advice.
Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. Read the media release and visit our submissions page for more information.
If you would like advice about the Coronavirus, or have questions regarding aged care services during this time, please visit the below sites:
- Coronavirus advice from the Australian Government
- Coronavirus advice for the health and aged care sector
- Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission COVID-19 information
Last updated 23 June2020