Aged care quality and safety


Impacts of new and emerging assistive technologies for ageing and disabled housing

This research looks at how smart home assistive technologies (AT) may be best used in both the aged care and disability sectors to reduce the need for support services. It includes an assessment of ease of use, quality-of-life and cost benefit analysis, and contributes to...
Policy report

Unfinished business: practical policies for better care at home

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety heard distressing stories about the problems with aged care, and made sweeping reform recommendations. This report shows how that money would improve the lives of older people who need support at home.

Independent review: COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities

This review was commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health to examine lessons learned from COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia, and to make recommendations for continued improvement.
Fact sheet

Aged care quality standards

This document outlining the Aged Care Quality Standards in Australia has been updated to reflect the new requirements that were introduced when the Serious Incident Response Scheme launched on 1 April 2021.

Dementia in Australia 2021: summary report

This summary report provides a picture of dementia in Australia, including the latest statistics on dementia prevalence, burden of disease, deaths, expenditure, as well as the use of health and aged care services among people with dementia and information on carers of people with dementia.

Responding to our consultation: changes for more flexible and responsive regulation

The Care Quality Commission is currently in the process of developing a new five-year strategy, to run from 2021 – 2026. While it is carrying out a programme of engagement around the new strategy, CQC has also launched a consultation on proposals to make its...

Duty of care: meeting the aged care workforce challenge

This report examines how state and federal governments and the industry can grow the aged-care workforce to fix the enormous shortage of workers in the sector and improve quality of care for older Australians.
Journal article

She’ll be right mate: Australian complacency and national responses to wicked social problems

This article explores inconsistencies between Australia’s idealised identity as a modern egalitarian society concerned with the welfare of all and the economic and social reality for a significant and growing number of citizens.
Discussion paper

Care workforce labour market study: discussion paper

In March 2021, the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, was tasked by the Australian Prime Minister to undertake an in-depth study on the factors affecting the supply and demand of care workers. The discussion paper outlines the scope and focus of the study, including existing...
Briefing paper

Reablement interventions for community dwelling people living with dementia

This paper summarises research, government, and non-government documents that have explored the concept of reablement in dementia care; and describes how reablement interventions work to address the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners, as well as how these interventions are, or...

Funding high-quality aged care services

Australians have been rightly shocked by repeated exposés of widespread mistreatment, neglect and even abuse of elders in our aged care system. This report argues that expanding the quantity and quality of aged care services should be seen as an economic opportunity, not just a...

The next steps for aged care: forging a clear path after the Royal Commission

This report navigates through the differing views of the Commissioners to show how Australia can achieve a rights-based system that provides adequate care and support for all who need it.

Aged care - the way forward

Responding to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, this report recommends that the Australian government should immediately focus on the priority areas of workforce, transparency, sustainability and human rights, access, and choice in aged care.
Briefing paper

Translating aged care reform recommendations to action

The final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was tabled on 1 March 2021 and included 148 recommendations. This briefing paper examines the themes of the report and provides a way forward for the Australian government that is transparent and...

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report: care, dignity and respect

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has completed its inquiry and has tabled this final report. The Commissioners, Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs, call for fundamental reform of Australia's aged care system.

A roadmap for quality dementia care

This strategy document has been developed following extensive engagement and consultation with the health and aged care sector - and most importantly with people with the lived experience of dementia. The recommendations in this document are designed to improve the lifestyle, care and health outcomes...

Australia's aged care system: the quality of care experience and community expectations

This research paper highlights the need for comprehensive change in aged care and the Australian community’s strong commitment to achieve it.

Does the quality of residential aged care vary with residents’ financial means?

This research, prepared by the the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, investigates whether the quality of aged care facilities varies with residents’ financial means.

Hospitalisations in Australian aged care: 2014/15–2018/19

This research by the Office of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety shows the rates of hospitalisation of aged care facility residents aged 65 years or more.
Conference paper

Influence of the built environment on patient safety and well-being: a functional perspective

In healthcare facilities, patient safety and well-being are known to be influenced by the built environment (BE). However, mechanisms linking BE to patient safety and wellbeing are not well-understood, which hinders the prevention and mitigation of undesired outcomes.