In response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (the Royal Commission), the Government is committed to a comprehensive program of reforms that will be delivered across five pillars: home care; residential aged care services and sustainability; residential aged care quality and safety; workforce; and governance. The reforms aim to strengthen and enhance the protection and rights of older Australians, and will have impacts on aged care governance, quality standards and providers.
Consistent with this reform agenda, a new, modernised aged care legislation will be introduced that is fit for purpose, delivers proportionate regulation and supports the provision of safe and quality care for senior Australians in line with the expectations of the Royal Commission. Similarly, a new Support at Home Program will be developed in consultation with senior Australians and community stakeholders. This reform will address several of the Royal Commission’s recommendations to improve the support for senior Australians to remain independent and in their own homes for longer.