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The Aged Care Royal Commission was established on 8 October 2018 and began public hearings on Friday 18 January 2019.

The Royal Commissioners are the Hon. Justice Richard Tracey AM RFD QC and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO.

The Royal Commission will run until 2020 with an interim report to be delivered by 31 October 2019 and the Final Report by 30 April 2020.

In establishing the Royal Commission the Government said it had received more than 5000 submissions on the quality of aged care in Australia.

As with recent Royal Commissions, the focus is expected to be on systemic issues in the aged care sector and it is likely that the experience of residents, their relatives and care professionals will be given significant attention.

Failure to meet standards, poor compliance and accounts of inadequate treatment are some of the areas where operators can expect scrutiny.

The Letters Patent reflect a broad remit for the Royal Commissioners. They include inquiring into the quality of aged care services provided to Australians, the extent to which these services meet the needs of people accessing them, the extent of substandard care, causes of systemic failures and actions that should be taken.

The Commission will also examine the needs of those people with disabilities living in the aged care system as well as dementia. It will also look at the needs of remote and regional communities.

You can read the Letters Patent with complete Terms of Reference here.

You can watch the Royal Commission public hearings here.

We will provide in our Not-for-profit newsletter periodic updates on the progress of the Commission as well as directions, findings and recommendations of the Commissioners.  If you wish to read this newsletter it can be found here.

You can make a submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission in a variety of ways and details are found here.

If you need assistance from one of Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ expert Royal Commission team you can complete the enquiry form below.

You can also make contact with Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Crisis Management Team here, providing expert legal and communication assistance in one place.

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