Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On Sunday 16 September 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the government would establish a Royal Commission to primarily look at the quality of care provided in residential and home aged care to senior Australians.

Dementia Australia was called upon immediately to provide input into the draft Terms of Reference. They were submitted to the Department of Health in late September 2018. Dementia Australia received significant feedback from its Dementia Australia Advisory Committee, advocates, members of the Board and staff. 

On Tuesday 9 October, the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission were released and Dementia Australia applauded the decision to make dementia a central focus of the investigations.

Dementia Australia supports a solutions-based approach to the Royal Commission to identify a clear path forward to improving the health and care outcomes for more than 421,000 people living with all forms of dementia in Australia.


Visit the Royal Commission website.

Dementia Australia Media Releases, submissions and key links

Key dates:

Interim report presented to the government on 31 October 2019
Aged care and COVID-19: a special report presented to the government 1 October 2020
Final report presented to the government on 26 February 2021


Honourable Tony Pagone QC, former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia; and
Lynelle Briggs AO, former CEO of Medicare Australia and APS Commissioner