Caring for Older Australians - Draft Report

20th January 2011

Today the Productivity Commission released its draft report entitled Caring For Older Australians

The report recommends a major overhaul for the aged care sector in order to simplify access to care for older Australians and make the system more equitable, while maintaining quality standards and improving wellbeing. The Productivity Commission’s Deputy Chairman, Mike Woods said that “With an ageing population … the system is expected to provide care to over 3.6 million older Australians by 2050.” The report proposes reforms to accommodate the ageing population while keeping government expenditure within sustainable limits.
Major proposed reforms include:
Feedback on the draft report is welcomed and written submissions should be directed to the Productivity Commission by Monday 21 March 2011. Public hearings will be held in capital cities in March/April. For more information, phone (02) 6240 3233, go to, or email
The final report is expected to be delivered to the government in June 2011. The full draft report can be accessed here.


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