In 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety provided Australia with a unique opportunity — to make positive, lasting changes to aged care that deliver safety, dignity and respect for older people.

The Australian Government is making changes to the aged care system. These changes are in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

We are also consulting with older people, their families, and carers as we develop, trial and deliver these changes to make sure our aged care system meets their needs.

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Have your say on aged care reform

Thousands of people have been involved in shaping the reforms so far – through surveys, webinars, online workshops, consultation papers and in person events.

We invite everyone to have their say

Visit the Aged Care Engagement Hub to learn how to get involved, including:

  • Registering for information on consultation opportunities and outcomes
  • Signing up to receive our monthly EngAged newsletter
  • Meeting with us in person at an upcoming event around Australia.

What we’ve delivered so far

We have made – and will continue to make – positive changes to restore dignity to older people in Australia.

Here are just some of the changes we made throughout 2022:

  • capped Home Care Package admin fees
  • supported a meaningful pay rise for aged care workers
  • legislated 24/7 nurses in aged care homes from July 2023
  • legislated more care minutes in aged care homes from October 2023
  • improved transparency and accountability requirements of aged care providers
  • introduced the Star Ratings system as a comparison rating for all residential aged care services
  • established the Office of the Interim Inspector-General for Aged Care, and appointed Mr Ian Yates AM as the Interim Inspector-General from January 2023.

Learn more about what we’ve delivered.

More information

For more information on reforms and ways to get involved, see our booklet on how we’re reforming aged care in Australia or visit the Aged Care Engagement Hub.

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News about aged care reforms

Browse our news articles that talk about new aged care home design standards, the Support at Home Program, and other updates on aged care reforms that are in the pipeline.