COTA Australia has welcomed announcements by the Federal Government to strengthen protections for 1.1 million older Australians receiving aged care services.
The Government has announced the introduction of legislation to establish a “one-stop cop” in aged care, to be known as the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, and $106 million to support better facilities, care and standards in aged care.
Parliament has also passed the Quality Standards Framework legislation enabling the enactment of the first fully revised Aged Care Quality Standards in 20 years, featuring a substantially increased focus on “consumer outcomes” and consumer engagement.
COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates has welcomed these measures designed to bolster protection and increase transparency and accountability for quality and safety in Australia’s aged care system – from community services to home care packages to nursing homes.
You can read COTA Australia’s media release here.
Mr Yates is a member of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce, whose report has also been released by the Minister. The Taskforce looked at ways for growing and sustaining the workforce that provides aged care services and support for older Australians. To find out more about the Taskforce’s outlook on reform of the aged care workforce, you can watch the video A Life Well Lived – why aged care matters.