Aged care peaks commit to change in the service of older Australians

Media Release

13 December 2021

The Australian Aged Care Collaboration (AACC) has announced a significant outcome of the Sector Representation and Development project that is set to conclude shortly.

Key AACC members – Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) – have released a statement outlining that maintaining the status quo for industry representation and development is not an option.

The ACSA and LASA Boards have detailed their commitment to work together, alongside the members of the AACC and other provider groups (such as the Aged Care Reform Network), in a process to design and implement a new way of working that better represents and supports all providers of aged care services and results in delivering better outcomes for the older Australians they care for and support. The full statement is available here.

The AACC is conscious of the immense challenges facing the sector post the Aged Care Royal Commission. We are also cognisant of the Royal Commissioners’ challenge for representatives of the aged care sector to lead reform in a coordinated manner.

The AACC sees the announcement by ACSA and LASA as a key moment in the transformation of the aged care system. It demonstrates the leadership needed for the sector to come together to realise the Royal Commission’s vision for a better aged care system.

The AACC commits to working with their members and all other aged care providers to realise the promise of this moment. We intend to grasp this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to achieve a better aged care system that is rights based, and truly person centred.