Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
On Sunday 16 September Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced the federal government's decision to ask the Governor-General to establish a Royal Commission into the aged care sector.
The Royal Commission will primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians. It will also include young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care settings.
On 9 October 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the Governor-General had issued Letters Patent, establishing a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
The Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO have been appointed Commissioners.
Justice McGrath is a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. Ms Briggs is a former Australian Public Service Commissioner.
The Royal Commission's interim report is to be provided no later than 31 October 2019, and its final report no later than 30 April 2020.
The Commission's terms of reference are included in the Letters Patent.
*Editors note: as of the 11 December 2018, the Honourable Richard Tracey AM RFD QC was appointed as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. This appointment followed a request from the Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath for the revocation of his Commission, due to personal family reasons.