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 the more than 436,000 people living with dementia in Australia.


The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will conduct Community Forum events throughout the year. Open to the public, these forums will be an opportunity for members of the local community to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges, strengths and opportunities to improve aged care. They will announce more forums in other locations as their work in the Royal Commission continues.

Please visit the Royal Commission Engagement page to learn more. You can also contact them directly at [email protected] or by telephone on 1800 960 711 (between 8:00am-8:00pm AEDT, Monday-Friday except on public holidays. Interpreter service available).

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Dementia Australia Media Releases and key links

Key dates:

Calls for submissions now open via the Royal Commission website
Interim report presented to the government on 31 October 2019
Final report presented to the government on 30 April 2020


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