The lawyers who help the Royal Commission, known as the counsel assisting, have made 124 recommendations for the Royal Commission to consider in its final report due on February 26 due next year.
A full link to the 124 recommendations in the 475-page report is available here.
The counsel assisting the Royal Commission made sweeping recommendations that cover almost all aspects of home care and residential aged care.
If the recommendations are adopted they could greatly improve conditions for aged care workers across the country, with recommendations covering:
The recommendations are NOT the recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission.
We have to wait until the Royal Commission decides next year what recommendations they will adopt.
After that, the Royal Commission report goes to the Federal Government, and the Federal Government decides what recommendations from the Royal Commission they will accept.
Your aged care workers’ union broadly supports many of the proposed measures, particularly around adopting a mandated staffing model.
With other proposals, the devil will be in the detail.
For example, the proposed ways to increase wages are bureaucratic and clunky.
Also, your aged care workers union believes beneficial changes should be adopted as soon as possible rather than waiting, in some cases until July 2024.
However with the poor track record of the Federal Government in aged care it is likely aged care workers will have to fight to see the most beneficial – and most expensive – recommendations implemented.
The need for staffing levels in residential care:
The first stage increase is designed to meet the US CMS 3 star rating, and the second stage increase is to meet the US CMS 4 star rating.
A call for worker registration
A call for better reporting by providers
The need to improve wages
The need for better training
The need for better scrutiny of funding to providers