Aged Care Legislated Review
On 31 July 2017, Mr David Tune AO PSM, as the independent reviewer, provided the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017, to the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, the then Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health.
The Minister tabled the report on 14 September 2017.
Background to the Review
As part of the changes to aged care announced in 2012, a comprehensive review was included in Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Act 2013 (the Act). The Aged Care Legislated Review (the Review) considered the impact and effectiveness of the changes to aged care and made recommendations for future reform to the aged care system.
Section 4 of the Act required that the Review 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 required 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.
Following the appointment of Mr Tune, the Review started on 22 September 2016 was completed on 31 July 2017.
As part of the Review, Mr Tune engaged in a public consultation process with a range of stakeholders, including:
- approved providers
- aged care workers
- people with special needs
- representatives of consumers.
The Aged Care Sector Committee and the National Aged Care Alliance also provided advice to inform the Review.
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 enquiries about the Review please email AgedcareReformsEnquiries@health.gov.au