Recent Blogs

A recent paper by the Property Council of Australia’s Retirement Living Council highlights the housing affordability crisis facing older women in society and explores the role of the retirement living sector in providing secure long term accommodation for older women who could be at risk of homelessness. There is an increasing number of women in […]

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Approved providers have mandatory weekly reporting obligations regarding numerous COVID-19 vaccination metrics for care recipients and staff. On 27 April 2022, the Commonwealth Government introduced further reporting requirements pertaining to care recipients’ vaccination status via amendments to the Accountability Principles (2014). The amendments were passed on 31 March 2022 and came into effect on 27 […]

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The final report of the Independent review of timeframes for exit payments in Queensland retirement villages (the Review) has been released, along with the Queensland Government’s response. This blog explores the recommendations made by the independent review panel, each of which are supported by the Queensland Government as it looks to demonstrate its commitment to […]

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New laws aimed at delivering the second stage of aged care reform in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s final report have passed the Senate, but failed to pass the House of Representatives before the end of Parliamentary Sittings, leaving the future of the bill uncertain. The Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment (Royal […]

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The first steps towards implementing the new aged care regulatory framework have been taken with the Federal Government releasing a Concept Paper: Concepts for a new framework for regulating aged care (Concept Design Paper) this week. The Concept Design Paper outlines the concepts and principles that will underpin the Government’s approach to designing a new […]

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The Queensland Government has released changes to visiting requirements at aged care facilities under Residential Aged Care Direction (No.12) (the Direction) that came into effect on January 15. The new direction comes as the Government and the aged care sector continue to grapple with Queensland’s biggest outbreak of COVID-19 to date. This blog provides a […]

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation in New South Wales has made six orders granting regulatory exemptions with respect to Retirement Villages. These exemptions were first issued on 27 May 2020 and have recently been reissued for a third time, extending their operation until 31 March 2022. […]

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Updated guidelines have been published clarifying how retirement village operators (RV Operators) can be reimbursed for costs associated with producing newly required Asset Management Plans (AMP) in New South Wales. As noted in our previous blog post, RV Operators are required by 1 January 2022 or 1 July 2022 to comply with the AMP provisions, […]

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The Commonwealth Department of Health (the Department) recently issued a discussion paper and survey seeking input from the aged care industry relating to the pending end of the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) system for residential care from 1 July 2024. The change is a significant shift in how residential aged care will be delivered […]

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The Australian Government has introduced a Bill aimed at delivering the second stage of aged care reform in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission's final report.

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