Consultation on the draft new Aged Care Act is now open.

The Department of Health and Aged Care invites anyone interested in aged care – including older people, their families and carers, aged care providers and workers, researchers and experts – to have their say.

The new Aged Care Act will change the ways aged care services are delivered to older people in their homes, in community settings and in residential care homes.

The new Act aims to ensure older people who access Government-funded aged care services are treated with respect and have the quality of life they deserve.
Help to contribute to the direction and shape of a new Australian aged care system. The Department wants to understand:

  • Is the rights-based approach well described to put older people at the centre of aged care?
  • Is it clear how older people’s rights will be enforced?
  • Is it clear how older people will be empowered to make decisions?
  • Are the obligations of aged care providers and workers clear?

There are several ways to get involved and contribute to consultation. You can:

Register for a workshop or access the online survey at:

Consultation closes on Friday 16 February 2024.
If you have any questions about the consultation, contact or call 1800 318 209