While the funding and regulation of aged care is primarily a Commonwealth responsibility, the Victorian Government welcomes the Royal Commission and will be engaged and transparent in order to assist the work of the Commission.
The Honourable Richard Tracey and Ms Lynelle Briggs have been appointed as Royal Commissioners.
A preliminary hearing took place on 18 January 2019 in Adelaide and hearings will continue through 2019.
The Commissioners are required to provide an interim report by 31 October 2019, and a final report by 30 April 2020.
The Royal Commission website contains the full terms of reference, information about the Commission’s work, hearings dates and details of how to make a submission.
What role is the Victorian Government playing?
As a large provider of public residential aged care and other services to older people, the Victorian Government will carefully consider any recommendations made by the Royal Commission.
Victoria has the largest public residential aged care sector in the country, representing around 12 per cent of residential services in the state.
The government welcomes the opportunity for reform to further improve the quality of aged care services and strengthen protections for older people.
The government is working closely with the Commonwealth and Victorian public aged care residential services to implement a range of national reforms that are already underway.
Have your say
The Victorian Government encourages interested member of the Victorian public and organisations to make submissions to the Royal Commission.
Submissions can be made via an online form on the Royal Commission’s website.
The Royal Commission will continue to accept submissions until at least the end of June 2019.