Advocates for older Australians urge Senate to pass Aged Care Reform Bill
Aged care consumer and carer organisations, led by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, are urging the Senate to pass the Aged Care Reform Bill in the next two days and get much-needed reforms in place, including an independent pricing authority, a Code of Conduct for aged care workers and providers, and new powers for the Quality and Safety Commission.
COTA Australia, Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), National Seniors Australia, Carers Australia, Dementia Australia and the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia are calling on all Senators to support the Bill’s quick passage – which the government should bring on as a high priority – warning that older Australians can’t afford for reforms to be further delayed until well beyond the Federal Election.
“We only have three sitting days left for the Senate to pass this legislation, or it cannot be passed until well after the election,” says Ian Yates AM, Chief Executive of COTA Australia, “And that would mean very substantial delays in implementing key Royal Commission recommendations that will support and protect people in aged care”
Craig Gear, CEO of OPAN said: “This Bill is about allowing the government’s current reform package to advance. These reforms were recommended by the Royal Commission, and the Bill has already been reviewed and recommended by the Senate Community Affairs Committee.”