Joint Statement by 12 Aged Care Consumer Organisations

The Royal Commission’s Final Report, Care, Dignity and Respect, was released by the Australian Government on 1 March 2021. The report identifies the many examples of neglect, abuse and indifference experienced by older people accessing the aged care system. The report, as well as its recommendations, emphasise the need for cultural change and leadership within aged care; at the government-led system level and the individual provider level.

The purpose of this joint statement is to provide a clear unified voice to Government. It is inclusive of the views of current and future older people using aged care (including those who face barriers to access). This Statement conveys the signatories’ expectations of Government in advance of its budget and comprehensive response to the Royal Commission. In broad terms, this Statement seeks to highlight key items that must be acted upon in the 2021/22 Federal Budget, as well as items that require future consideration.