Aged Care Legislated 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 Aged Care Legislated Review (the Review) will look at the impact of the changes to date and where we need to take the system in the future.
The Aged Care Sector Committee will provide advice to inform the Review as required.
Section 4 of the Act requires that the Review must be independent and address nine key matters:
- whether unmet demand for residential and home care places has been reduced
- whether the number and mix of places for residential care and home care should continue to be controlled
- whether further steps could be taken to change key aged care services from a supply driven model to a consumer demand driven model
- the effectiveness of means testing arrangements for aged care services, including an assessment of the alignment of charges across residential care and home care services
- the effectiveness of arrangements for regulating prices for aged care accommodation
- the effectiveness of arrangements for protecting equity of access to aged care services for different population groups
- the effectiveness of workforce strategies in aged care services, including strategies for the education, recruitment, retention and funding of aged care workers
- the effectiveness of arrangements for protecting refundable deposits and accommodation bonds
- the effectiveness of arrangements for facilitating access to aged care services.
The Minister can also specify any other issues to be considered by the Review.
The Act requires that:
- the Review be undertaken as soon as practicable after the end of the period of 3 years after the commencement of Schedule 1 of the Act.
- a written report of the Review must be provided to the Minister within 12 months after the end of the three year period.
- the Minister must cause a copy of the report to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of receiving it.
The Review started on 22 September 2016 following the appointment of Mr Tune. A final report will be completed and provided to the Minister by 1 August 2017.
The Review must include public consultation with:
- approved providers
- aged care workers
- people with special needs
- representatives of consumers.
A call for submissions opened on 14 October 2016 and closed on 4 December 2016. The Review Project Team received a number of requests from stakeholders for extensions beyond the closing date, which were granted.
Through the submissions, the Review sought feedback specifically relating to the nine matters listed in the Scope of the Review. A total of 145 submissions were received from a range of stakeholders, including consumers, carers, providers and peak bodies.
Throughout February and March 2017, Mr Tune held a number of targeted workshops with groups of stakeholders including:
- consumers, carers and representatives of consumers
- aged care workers
- aged care providers
Separate workshops were held with each of these stakeholder groups in all capital cities as well as three regional centres: Bendigo, Bundaberg and Port Augusta.
These workshops were an opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from a range of stakeholders who are in daily contact with the aged care system and to seek ideas on possible changes to the aged care system.
For more information about the Review email: Review Project Team