Royal Commission into Aged Care

A picture of a young woman with disability, sitting on the edge of her bed in a nursing home, looking out the window


In September 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care.

You can view the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference here and read our statement regarding the Terms of Reference here. The commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019.

We are very pleased that young people in residential aged care and the issues related to this group are a high and early priority for the Royal Commission. You can read our briefing paper about the Royal Commission here.

Getting Involved

The Summer Foundation can help you or a family member to tell your story to the Royal Commission in Aged Care.
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The Issue: Younger people in aged care

About 1 in 40 of all Australians living in aged care are under 65 years of age. The outcomes for many of these younger people are terrible.

You can learn more about younger people in aged care by reading this fact sheet.

There are alternatives to living in aged care for young people with disability – perfectly illustrated in Ben, Cheryl and Gary’s video story.

Cheryl and Gary’s son Ben was 22 when he acquired a significant brain injury. Ben could have been one of the 50 younger Australians who enter residential aged care every week. Instead, he lives with support and independence in his own unit.

All information is prepared and presented by the Summer Foundation to assist the public to provide submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Summer Foundation is independent of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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