Aged Care Sector Committee - Communiqué (13 June 2014)

Page last updated: 04 September 2014

The second meeting of the Aged Care Sector Committee took place in Melbourne on Friday, 13 June 2014.

The Department presented the Committee with an update on the aged care reforms focusing on progress in amending subordinate legislation, and the communication activities supporting commencement of the 1 July 2014 reforms.

Members were also provided with information on important and current items of work including the Audit of Regulation as part of the Government’s deregulation agenda; and a stocktake of Australian Government aged care workforce initiatives. This stocktake will review aged care workforce initiatives funded over the last three years, to help inform the development of an aged care workforce development strategy. Members have agreed to establish an Aged Care Sector Committee working group to oversight this project. Membership of the working group will include the following Committee members: Mr Patrick Reid, CEO, Leading Age Services Australia; Ms Lee Thomas, Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation; Mr Gary Barnier, CEO, Opal Aged Care; Adj. Professor John Kelly, CEO, Aged and Community Services Australia; and Mr Glenn Rees, CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia.

The Committee discussed progress in developing the two significant items which the Government has requested them to bring forward: the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles; and the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Consideration was given to what could form the proposed elements and structure for the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles. The Committee then discussed the development of the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Members refined options to identify where to start the critical task of cutting red tape in aged care. The Committee will convene in Canberra on 21 July 2014, for an extraordinary half day meeting, to further discuss these matters and consider draft documentation.

Members also discussed issues around the budgetary implications of the higher than expected take-up of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement.

The next full meeting of the Committee will be held on 5 September 2014 in Melbourne.