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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety

AAG and ATSIAAG’s responses to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

An Excel File summarising AAG responses and relevant positions by Royal Commission recommendation is available here.  Note:  you must be logged in as an AAG member to access this file.
AAG March 2021 member-only forums to discuss AAG response to Royal Commission

In March 2021, AAG held 15 member-only forums to discuss the Royal Commission recommendations and AAG future plans in response to these.  The reports and meeting papers for these forums are available here.

AAG and ATSIAAG submissions to the Royal Commission

On 12 August 2019 both AAG and the AAG ATSIAAG (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group) has now lodged submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.  AAG’s submission provided guidance through a conceptual framework, that aimed to strategically structure and prioritise thinking, discussion and action for the reform of services and other support for older people. Whilst the ATSIAAG focussed on what can be done for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

To see AAG’s submission to the Royal Commission 12 August 2019 click here and for ATSIAAG’s submission 12 August 2019 click here.

AAG Members were given the opportunity to comment and provide feedback on AAG’s draft submission to the Royal Commission.  Members of ATSIAAG and Friends of ATSIAAG were given a similar opportunity for ATSIAAG’s submission.  Members provided excellent feedback to the drafts, both in terms of positive support for the approach to the submission and informed feedback, much of which was incorporated into the final version  AAG thanks its members for this contribution, as well as the Board members and staff engaged in its development that was ably facilitated by Incite Information.

On 10 September 2019, the AAG's ATSIAAG and the Healing Foundation made a joint submission on the Stolen Generation and Aged Care, following a joint forum on the same subject on 5 June 2019.  To see the AAG ATSIAAG and Healing Foundation joint submission on the Stolen Generations in Aged Care for the Royal Commission into Aged Care click here.   

On 11 December 2019, the Assistive Technology For All Alliance that AAG is a member of made this submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care (click here).

On 25 June 2020, AAG's ATSIAAG made a supplementary submission to the Royal Commission.  The purpose of this submission is to share with the Royal Commissions those key findings and recommendations from the 2019 ATSIAAG workshop which we believe are complementary and supportive to those findings and recommendations highlighted in ‘Chapter 7– Elders are our Future’. In addition, ATSIAAG requests that the Royal Commission consider supporting our recommendation to establish a Peak Body for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  To see the ATSIAAG supplementary submission, click here.

In the Final Hearing pf the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on 22-23 October 2020, Senior Counsel Assisting, Peter Gray QC and Peter Rozen QC, presented submissions on behalf of the Counsel Assisting team over two days.  Counsel Assisting have also published final written submissions, which include 124 proposed recommendations and an annexure on the timing of implementation of these proposed recommendations.  Counsel submitted recommendations for the consideration of the Commissioners, and for any response by interested parties by 12 November 2020.

On 12 November 2020, AAG submitted this response to the Counsel Assisting’s recommendations.

About the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

AAG helped shape the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in October 2018, when 20 key themes were provided within three days by 50 of our 1,300 members. Nearly all of these were incorporated in the final terms of reference.

The Commission had a preliminary hearing on the 18th January 2019 which outlined its focus. Hearings commenced with witnesses on the stand from the 11th February 2019. 

The Royal Commission Interim Report entittled Neglect was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 31 October 2019.

Royal Commissioners, the Honourable Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs AO 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) on 26 February 2021. It was tabled on 1 March 2021.

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