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Delay to the new Aged Care Act is good news!

April 16, 2024 at 11:05 AM

I’m writing to provide you with an important update regarding the proposed New Aged Care Act, which has been a subject of great anticipation and national discussion.

In April the Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells MP, made a significant statement acknowledging the feedback received on the proposed draft legislation. She emphasised the importance of getting this Act right, highlighting it as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for systemic reform in aged care. The Government is considering the feedback received to refine and finalise the draft legislation before it is introduced to Parliament.

It is important to note that the new Aged Care Act was to come into effect from 1 July 2024, however to allow for more consideration and consultation the Government will update the commencement date before it is introduced to Parliament.

As Acting CEO of McLean Care, I fully understand the anticipation surrounding the introduction of this legislation. It represents a pivotal milestone in our collective mission to enhance the standard of aged care in Australia and deliver services that are truly person-centered. Whilst I understand the mixed reactions to the delay in its introduction, it is crucial to ensure that the final legislation genuinely meets the needs of our ageing population.

I would like to echo the sentiments expressed by ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson, who views this delay as an opportunity for continued engagement with stakeholders, including older people, the community, and the sector. While we all desire to see the legislation passed and implemented as soon as possible, it is important that it is done comprehensively for long term effectiveness and sustainability.

“It is far more important that the legislation and associated requirements be passed when it is ready, than passed to meet the 1 July date.” Said Mr Symondson. “A staged approach to implementation of these new reforms should also be adopted so providers can effectively manage change within their organisations, their workforce, and engage with their residents and care recipients.”

McLean Care remain as always, committed to providing the highest quality of care and support to our residents and clients. We understand the significance of these legislative reforms and will continue to actively engage in the process to ensure that the voices and needs of our community are heard and addressed.

We will keep you informed of any developments regarding the proposed New Aged Care Act and its implications for our organisation.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

Paul Maher
Acting Chief Executive Officer