Transforming aged care

A range of changes are being made to aged care, in response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The changes to aged care in Australia aim to achieve six key outcomes:

Our goal is for all Australians to be able to access high-quality and safe aged care, where and when they need it.

The Australian Government’s commitment to improve aged care includes a range of practical measures, such as:

  • a registered nurse in every aged care home on site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • mandating an average of 215 minutes of care per day for aged care residents

  • a pay rise for aged care workers

  • better food for residents

  • improved transparency and accountability for how government funding is spent to deliver care and services to older Australians.

We will put security, dignity, quality and humanity back into aged care.

Our progress to date

Since the Royal Commission into Aged Care Final Report, we have made a range of improvements to aged care, including:

Council of Elders

A recommendation from the Royal Commission, the Council of Elders is a group of older Australians with diverse backgrounds and lived experience. They play an important role in representing the views of all older Australians and provide advice to the Government about aged care reform and ageing well.

Read more about the Council of Elders.

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We are the Council of Elders.

Our job is to listen to you about what really matters when it comes to ageing and aged care.

And our job is to share what we hear, so that government can better design aged care and aged care providers can deliver better care and support services that meet your needs. Care and support that is all about you.

We have diverse backgrounds, skills and areas of interest.

We come from all around Australia.

We want to talk to as many people as possible, and be a voice for senior Australians.

You can get involved by going to the Aged Care Engagement Hub, or call My Aged Care.

National Aged Care Advisory Council

Also a recommendation from the Royal Commission, the National Aged Care Advisory Council provides expert advice to Government on the aged care sector to support the implementation of the reforms. The advisory council is made up of leaders from across the not-for-profit, government and private sectors, and reports directly to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, and the Minister Aged Care.

Read more about the National Aged Care Advisory Council.

Get involved

There are a range of ways you can be involved in the reforms, including surveys, webinars, online workshops, consultation papers and face-to-face events.

GET INVOLVED

Older Australians

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter EngAged, for updates on changes to aged care, news from the Council of Elders and alerts about upcoming consultation activities.

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Aged care workers and providers

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter Your Aged Care Update, for news and alerts about the aged care reforms, and information for the sector.

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Older Australians

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter EngAged, for updates on changes to aged care, news from the Council of Elders and alerts about upcoming consultation activities.

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Aged care workers and providers

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter Your Aged Care Update, for news and alerts about the aged care reforms, and information for the sector.

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The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.