Aged Care Sector Committee - Communiqué (9 May 2014)
The inaugural meeting of the Aged Care Sector Committee was held in Melbourne on Friday, 9 May 2014.
The Committee has been established by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews, MP and the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield. It provides the foundation for a constructive and lasting partnership between the Australian Government and the aged care sector and has a key role in advising the Government on the direction of aged care reform.
The Committee is independently chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC with membership drawn from peak bodies representing providers across residential and home care; for-profit and not‑for-profit providers; consumer representatives; and workforce representatives. The full membership, including brief biographies for each member, can be found on the Aged Care Sector Committee website.
At this first meeting, the Committee discussed and finalised their Terms of Reference as well as a Confidentiality and Statement of Interests Protocol to help guide their operation.
Members discussed the Committee’s important role in supporting and progressing the development and implementation of aged care policy in order to meet the needs of an ageing population. The Committee discussed two main issues. Consideration was firstly given to the development of the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles to set out the way in which Government and the aged care sector will work together to progress sector reforms over the next five years. The Committee then discussed the development of a red tape reduction action plan to identify where to start the critical task of cutting red tape in aged care.
Assistant Minister Fifield attended the meeting at the end of day to hear firsthand from members their views on the development of the Statement of Principles and red tape reduction. Minister Fifield advised members that the Government was committed to work in partnership with the aged care sector and consumers and that he saw the Committee as the primary conduit between the aged care sector and Government.
The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 13 June 2014 in Melbourne.