Aged Care Sector Committee

Page last updated: 27 June 2018

The Aged Care Sector Committee (the Committee) provides advice to the Government on aged care policy development and implementation. The Committee also acts as the mechanism for consultation between the Australian Government and the aged care sector. Committee members consult within their own memberships and constituencies to ensure stakeholder views inform the policy development process.

About the Committee

Terms of Reference

The Committee's roles and responsibilities are set out in the Committee's Terms of Reference.


The Committee has an Independent Chair with membership comprising of representatives from across the aged care sector including:

  • peak bodies
  • large for-profit and not-for-profit providers
  • consumers
  • workforce
  • the National Aged Care Alliance; and
  • the Department of Health.

Independent Chair

Mr David Tune, AO PSM


  • Ms Patricia Sparrow, CEO, Aged and Community Services Australia
  • Mr Sean Rooney, CEO, Leading Age Services Australia
  • Mr Ian Yates, Chief Executive, COTA Australia
  • TBC, Chief Executive, National Seniors Australia
  • Ms Claerwen Little, National Director, UnitingCare Australia
  • Ms Maree McCabe, CEO, Dementia Australia
  • Ms Ara Cresswell, CEO, Carers Australia
  • Mr Gary Barnier
  • Ms Judy Gregurke, Director, Aged Care Reform Secretariat, National Aged Care Alliance
  • Mr Nick Mersiades, Director, Aged Care, Catholic Health Australia
  • TBC - The Aged Care Guild
  • Dr Stephen Judd, Chief Executive, HammondCare
  • Ms Samantha Edmonds, Silver Rainbow – National Project Manager, National LGBTI Health Alliance
  • Ms Julie Reeves, Federal Professional Officer, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
  • Dr Margot McCarthy, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health

Ex-officio members

  • Mr Mike Callaghan, Chair, Aged Care Financing Authority
  • Ms Andrea Coote, Chair, Aged Care Quality Advisory Council

Aged Care Sector Committee members' biographies

Read the Aged Care Sector Committee Members Biographies.

Meeting dates


  • 23 March 2018
  • 6 July 2018
  • 21 September 2018
  • 7 December 2018

Work of the Committee

The Aged Care Legislated Review (the Review)

As part of the changes to aged care announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 (the Act). The Review looked at the impact of the changes to date and where we need to take the system in the future.

Aged Care Roadmap

The Aged Care Sector Committee was tasked by the Government with developing a roadmap to advise on future directions for aged care.

The Aged Care Roadmap presents the Committee’s views on the short, medium and long term actions required to transform the current aged care system into a sustainable, consumer driven and market based system.

The Roadmap was delivered to the Minister for Health and Aged Care in April 2016. The Government has shown support for the Roadmap and will use it as a guide for future reforms.

Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles

The Committee worked closely with the Australian Government to develop a set of principles which will guide future changes in the aged care system and embed a constructive and lasting partnership between consumers, providers, the aged care workforce and the Government.

The Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles (the principles) comprises an overarching Statement of Purpose, an Approach to Partnership and Explanatory Statements for the individual principles.

Red Tape Reduction action plan

The Committee finalised the Red Tape Reduction action plan which was agreed by the Australian Government. The action plan represents the first step towards reducing the regulation of the aged care sector. It sets out a range of actions that can be taken to reduce unnecessary red tape for aged care providers and consumers.



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