The Commissioners have been announced as the Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO.
The Commissioners are required to provide their interim report by no later than 31 October 2019, with the final report due 30 April 2020. The Commission will begin as soon as practical, with the Commission to open public hearings in Adelaide.
The Terms of Reference are broad ranging and in line with the themes we had expected.
The issues to be examined include:
The Royal Commission will not examine retirement villages or other forms of seniors living and is limited to Commonwealth funded aged care services.
In his media announcement today, the Prime Minister made it clear that whilst we must examine the failings in service delivery in the past, that this will be "a very future focussed Royal Commission", looking to a national culture of respect for senior Australians as they age.
Given the fast paced nature of a Royal Commission, now is a good time to start your preparations and position your organisation for the journey ahead.
These are just the starting point.
We expect that the Commission will be run by case studies and by reference to statistical evidence (as the Financial Services Royal Commission has been).
Please get in touch if you have any questions. We are available immediately to assist you with exploring your position in respect of the Royal Commission.