Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On Sunday 16 September 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would establish a Royal Commission to primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians.

Dementia Australia was called upon immediately to provide input into the draft Terms of Reference. They were submitted to the Department of Health in late September 2018. Dementia Australia received significant feedback from its Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, advocates, members of the Board and staff. 

On Tuesday 9 October, the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission were released and Dementia Australia applauded the decision to make dementia a central focus of the investigations.

Dementia Australia supports a solutions-based approach to the Royal Commission to identify a clear path forward to improving the health and care outcomes for the more than 436,000 people living with dementia in Australia.


Monday 11 February - Royal Commission hearings begin in Adelaide this Monday

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will hold its first public hearing in Adelaide from Monday 11 February to Wednesday 13 February and from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019.

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia will be appearing at the Commission on Tuesday 19 February.

The hearings across the two weeks will cover:

  • The key features of the aged care quality, safety and complaints system at the level of the Australian Government, including how that system was operated, monitored and regulated prior to 1 January 2019 and how it is expected that the system will be operated, monitored and regulated following the establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.
  • The changing demographics of the Australian population and the implications this has for the aged care system.
  • The nature and meaning of 'quality' and 'safety' within the Australian aged care system, as those concepts are understood from a variety of national perspectives. 
  • Key issues affecting the functioning of the Australian aged care system identified from the perspectives of representative bodies, and from the experience of people receiving or seeking aged care services. 

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Dementia Australia Media Releases

10 February 2019 Increased aged care funding a good step - now a focus on training and culture essential

19 January 2019 Royal Commission into aged care commences with a promising focus on learning from past mistakes

17 January 2019 Current system continues to fail the people it’s designed to protect 

14 January 2019 Shared responsibility, holistic, informed approach - the solution for dementia care plans

29 November 2018 'The Royal Commission is an important opportunity for change' Opinion editorial by Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia

10 October 2018 Dementia front and centre in the Terms of Reference for Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

16 September 2018 Solutions needs to be a priority for outcome of aged care Royal Commission  

Key dates:

Calls for submissions now open via the Royal Commission website
Interim report presented to the government on 31 October 2019
Final report presented to the government on 30 April 2020


Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC, former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; and
Lynelle Briggs AO, former CEO of Medicare Australia and APS Commissioner