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.

The Summer Foundation has supported 100 people to make submissions to the Royal Commission about their (or a family member’s) experiences of living as a younger person in aged care. We then made our own submission to the Royal Commission.

In September 2019, the Aged Care Royal Commission held a week-long hearing focused on younger people in aged care. Then Summer Foundation CEO, Luke Bo-sher, was one of the witnesses who gave evidence. The hearing received a lot of public and media attention.

The Royal Commission delivered its Interim Report on 31 October 2019. The report recommended that no more younger people go into aged care by 2022, and that all younger people be supported to leave aged care by 2025. The government has agreed to these targets.

The Royal Commission’s final report is due by 12 November 2020.

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.

Further info

You can view the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference here and read our statement regarding the Terms of Reference here. You can read our initial briefing paper about the Royal Commission here.

Our Policy Manager, Dr George Taleporos, wrote a review of the Royal Commission’s Interim Report for Every Australian Counts. We were pleased  that the Australian Government responded to the Interim Report by adopting its targets for younger people. You can read our joint statement here.


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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