In-person consultation workshops are being held across Australia to discuss the draft new Aged Care Act and hear your feedback. Virtual workshops are also available. In Shepparton this workshop will occur on Wednesday 7 Feb 1pm to 5pm at The Carrington, 505 Wyndham Street, Shepparton.
About the consultation workshops
The purpose of these consultation workshops is to capture feedback on the draft new Aged Care Act and its impacts.
These workshops are open to anyone interested in Australia’s aged care system. This includes:
- older people, their families and carers
- aged care providers and workers
- sector peaks, associations and unions.
There is no cost to attend.
Before attending a workshop, we encourage you to read one of our consultation papers. These materials include prompting questions about what we are most interested to hear about and may help guide your feedback.
We are holding a series of 4-hour in-person workshops around Australia from 19 January to 14 February 2024.
Some workshops will focus on the impacts of the draft Act on:
- older First Nations people
- older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- older people with diverse life experiences.
About the new Aged Care Act
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission) recommended that the Australian Government develop a new Aged Care Act (new Act).
The new Act is the next step in the Government’s plan to fix the aged care crisis, it follows:
- making aged care transparent with Star Ratings
- increased direct care for more than 250,000 older people in residential care
- delivering higher standards for the valued workforce
- putting nurses back into nursing homes and increasing wages for aged care workers.
The Government is taking a phased approach to achieve significant reform in aged care and develop the new Aged Care Act.
The Aged Care Act is the main law that sets out the rules for the Australian Government-funded aged care system (aged care system). Aged care includes services delivered to older people in their homes, in community settings and in residential care homes (also known as nursing or aged care homes).
The Government will introduce the proposed new laws (draft law) for the new Act in 2024.
The new Act will aim to strengthen the aged care system. It will make sure that people accessing funded aged care:
- are safe
- are treated with respect
- have the quality of life they deserve.
We, the Department of Health and Aged Care (the department), have already asked Australians to provide feedback on the new Act. We have used this feedback to help us develop a draft of the law. This is called an exposure draft.
We would like to hear what you think about the exposure draft.
Workshop will be held in Shepparton on Wedenesay 7 February … 1pm to 5pm at The Carrington, 505 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
If the workshop is full, you can attend a Virtual Workshop
We are holding virtual workshops for people who are unable to attend the in-person events.
These 2-hour workshops will be held via Microsoft Teams on:
- Monday 12 February 2024 – 9am to 11am AEDT
- Monday 12 February 2024 – 5pm to 7pm AEDT
- Friday 16 February 2024 – 1pm to 3pm AEDT. (This event is full.)
More virtual workshops will be scheduled soon.