Scott Morrison announces royal commission into aged care sector

A carer touches the hand of an older man in an aged care facility Photo: The inquiry will look into residential and in-home care. (Supplied: Matthias Zomer/CCO)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce a royal commission into the aged care system today.

The inquiry will focus on residential and in-home aged care for seniors but will also cover care for young people with disabilities who live in aged care homes.

Mr Morrison says authorities have closed one aged care centre a month since the Oakden nursing home scandal, and an increasing number are under sanction.

“Incidences of older people being hurt by failures of care simply cannot be explained or excused,” he said in a statement.

“We must be assured about how widespread these cases are.”

Next week will mark one year since South Australia’s Oakden nursing home was closed.

Following that scandal, the Government has been reviewing quality of care and regulatory processes in the sector.

“As a community we expect high standards for the quality and safety of aged care services,” Mr Morrison said.

“The royal commission will be about proactively determining what we need to do in the future to ensure these expectations can be met.”

The inquiry will also look into what can be done to prepare for the increasing demands of an aging population.

But the terms of reference have not yet been determined.

More to come.

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