In September 2018, the federal government announced a Royal Commission into the aged care sector. The announcement came ahead of a damning two-part Four Corners investigation into elder neglect and poor conditions in aged care, as well as years of campaigning by the ANMF to fix systemic issues preventing nursing and care staff from delivering safe best practice care.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will focus on residential aged care, home care and dementia care, as well as the care provided to young people with disabilities who live in residential aged care facilities. The issues the Royal Commission has been instructed to investigate are broad, and include the quality of aged care services, how best to deliver these services (including workforce investment) and systems to ensure high quality care is delivered. Visit https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/Terms-of-reference.aspx to read the full terms of reference.
ANMF Royal Commission Updates
- Update #1 - December 2018
- Update #2 - January 2019
- Update #3 - February 2019
- Update #4 - March 2019
- Update #5 - May 2019
ANMF Submissions to the Royal Commission
Forums are taking place in a number of locations around the country. The forums are an opportunity for members of the public to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges and strengths of aged care, and the opportunities for improvement. We will update with the dates and location of forums as they are announced.
Townsville Community Forum – Thursday 18 July 2019
A community forum will be held in Townsville. Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO will attend.
Location: Rydges Southbank, 23 Palmer Street, Townsville, QLD 4810
Date: Thursday, 18 July 2019
Time: 1:30pm to 4:00pm
There will be a chance to give written feedback to the Commission and to talk to Commission staff. A limited number of people will be able to give a brief statement. If you would like to do so please let the Commission know when you register. Guidelines will be provided to all registered speakers.
To guarantee a seat, please book your place no later than Tuesday 16 July by:
Telephone: 1800 960 711 (between 8.00am-6.30pm ACST Monday-Friday except public holidays). Interpreter services are available. OR Eventbrite: https://aged-care-royal-commission-forum-townsville.eventbrite.com.au
Broome Community Forum - Wednesday 19 June 2019
West Melbourne Community Forum – Friday 3 May 2019
Wollongong Community Forum – Wednesday 13 March 2019
Bendigo Community Forum – Tuesday 5 March 2019
Bankstown Community Forum – Friday 1 March 2019
The Royal Commission will hold public hearings in Perth from Monday 24 June 2019 to Friday 28 June 2019, in Darwin from Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 12 July 2019, and in Cairns from Monday 15 July 2019 to Wednesday 17 July 2019.
- Further information on the Perth Hearing: Person-centred care - https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/hearings/Pages/hearings/2019/perth-hearing.aspx
- Further information on the Darwin and Cairns Hearings: https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/hearings/Pages/hearings/2019/darwin-and-cairns-hearing.aspx
A public hearing was held in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February. ANMF Federal Secretary Annie Butler was among those giving evidence at the hearing on 13 February, explaining how the systemic sub-standard and inadequate care provided to vulnerable nursing home residents can be addressed by the implementation of mandated staffing ratios and skills mix. This will fix the crisis in aged care.
- Read Media Release
- Read Ms Butler's Full Statement
- Transcript of Wednesday 13 February Hearing
- Article: Aged Care Royal Commission hears of future challenges
Submissions to the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission is encouraging people to make a submission using the online form that has been made available on the Commission’s website but they will also accept submissions by phone, letter or email. Submissions can also be made anonymously or confidentially. All relevant information is available on the Royal Commission website: https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/submissions/Pages/default.aspx
The ANMF is currently preparing its submission to the Royal Commission. The submission will draw on the extensive material already gathered by the ANMF over many years of campaigning and responding to inquiries into aged care. Key to the submission will be presenting the evidence in support of minimum staffing ratios and appropriate skill mixes in aged care.
- ANMF Fact Sheet: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
- ANMJ Article: Staff ratios emerge as key issue as Royal Commission into Aged Care begins