Legislative Changes - Historical
On 28 June 2013, five Bills outlining the key legislative changes to underpin the first two phases of the aged care reforms passed into law. The resultant Acts are:
- Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013
- Aged Care (Bond Security) Amendment Act 2013
- Aged Care (Bond Security) Levy Amendment Act 2013
- Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Act 2013
- Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Transitional Provisions) Act 2013.
While most of the legislative changes for the reforms were implemented through the five Acts, some have been, and will continue to be, implemented through subordinate legislation.
Several sets of Principles have been amended or created, primarily in relation to reforms that commenced on 1 August 2013, 1 October 2013, 1 January 2014, 31 January 2014 and 1 July 2014.
On 1 August 2013:
- significant changes were made to the Home Care Packages program,
- the Dementia and Veterans’ supplements were introduced; and
- the powers of the Aged Care Commissioner were strengthened.
On 1 October 2013:
- the Transitional Homeless Supplement was introduced; and
- the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner appointed.
On 1 January 2014:
- the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency was established on 1 January 2014, replacing the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.
On 31 January 2014:
- the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner commenced receiving applications for approval to charge above the maximum accommodation amount determined by the Minister.
On 1 July 2014:
- more flexible and transparent arrangements for accommodation payments were established;
- new subsidy and fee arrangements for people entering residential aged care commenced;
- the distinction between high and low care in residential care was removed;
- the outcomes of the recent review of specified care and services in residential care was implemented;
- new subsidy and fee arrangements for people entering home care commenced; and
- the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s role was expanded to include the quality review of home care services.
All registered delegated legislation can be viewed at the Australian Government's ComLaw website.
An Overview document titled: Proposed changes from 1 July 2014 to the Aged Care Principles made under the Aged Care Act 1997 is also available. Please note that this document only reflects proposed changes to the subordinate legislation.
Senate Inquiry into Legislation
On 14 March 2013, the Senate referred the five Acts (previously Bills) to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee (the Committee) for inquiry.
The Committee held public hearings as part of its inquiry, during the period 29 April and 2 May 2013, and delivered its report into the five Bills on 31 May 2013. The Committee's report is available on the Parliament of Australia website.
The Australian Government response to the report of the Senate Committee was released on 18 June 2013.