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Counsel Assisting’s final submissions to Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold a final hearing to hear submissions from Counsel Assisting on 22 and 23 October 2020.

The Counsel Assisting's Final Submissions Hearing will be a virtual hearing with no public access but will be available to view or listen to on the Royal Commission website.

For the final hearing, Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Gray QC and Peter Rozen QC, will both present submissions on behalf of the Counsel Assisting team over the two days. Counsel intend to submit recommendations for the consideration of the Commissioners, and for any response by interested parties, on all material aspects of the work of the Royal Commission save for long-term financing options. A process of consultation on financing options remains in progress.

Counsel will not repeat the submissions they made on workforce on 26 February 2020 and on program redesign on 4 March 2020, but will address workforce and program design topics that were not covered in those submissions.

There will be an opportunity for interested parties to make written submissions in response to Counsel Assisting's final submissions. Responding submissions will be required to be made by 12 November 2020. There will be no extensions of time granted. Details on the form and length of such submissions will be announced by the Commissioners at the hearing.

The hearing will commence at 9:30am (AEDT) on Thursday, 22 October 2020. It can be viewed through the Royal Commission webcast.