Aged Care Sector Committee - Communiqué (24 July 2015)

Page last updated: 04 September 2015

The Aged Care Sector Committee met in Melbourne for its sixth meeting on Friday, 24 July 2015.

Mr David Tune, AO PSM opened the meeting advising members that Ms Carolyn Smith, Acting Deputy Secretary would be leaving the Committee for a new role in the Department of Finance. Mr Tune acknowledged and thanked Ms Smith for her work with the Committee and her valuable contribution to aged care. Mr Tune welcomed Dr Margot McCarthy, the new Deputy Secretary, who will be officially taking up her role in mid-August 2015.

The Committee discussed a range of matters including recent aged care changes, 2015 Budget measures and reducing red tape for the sector. The Committee also reviewed the work being undertaken to develop the Aged Care Roadmap, which builds on the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles.

Mr Ian Yates, Chief Executive Officer, COTA Australia, spoke to the Committee about the second NACA Blueprint Enhancing the quality of life of older people through better support and care. The second Blueprint looks forward from what has been achieved and presents refreshed proposals for future changes to aged care.

The Chair of the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA), Ms Lynda O’Grady provided an overview of the report to Government on Factors Influencing the Financial Performance of Residential Aged Care Providers. Ms O’Grady also updated the Committee on ACFA’s role in monitoring the impact of 1 July 2014 financial reforms on the aged care sector.

Key outcomes from the day included agreeing to the establishment of an ACFI Expenditure Working Group to monitor trends in ACFI expenditure and to a forum on the Aged Care Roadmap in August 2015.

The Committee will next convene in September 2015.