State Government wants retirement villages included in royal commission into aged care

A wide-ranging Royal Commission will explore the provision of residential and community aged care

A wide-ranging Royal Commission will explore the provision of residential and community aged care

Australia's centre-right government remains on track for a heavy defeat at elections due by May 2019, an opinion poll showed on Monday, even though new Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted a strong personal showing after his first three weeks in charge.

"We are an industry committed to continuous improvement and addressing problems where they occur".

"The aged care sector does not fear scrutiny or accountability".

A wide-ranging Royal Commission will explore the provision of residential and community aged care.

Over the past year, one service provider on an average has been shut down monthly by the government, revealing "a very disturbing trend in what is happening in terms of non-compliance and abuses and failures of care", he added.

Since Oakden nursing home scandals, Australian government has tightened their belt to ensure quality and compliance by aged care operator.

In 2016 a Commonwealth-appointed working group of aged care providers, unions, seniors representatives and health professionals recommended deregulation of residential care, with many arguing the current cap on bed licences effectively protects poor quality providers.

An inquiry would improve the care provided by Australia's 430,000 aged care workers and volunteers, CEO Sean Rooney said.

He said he didn't want to get into a political fight over the issue.

The Royal Commission will be similar to one that has wiped billions of dollars off the value of Australia's biggest financial firms since it was constituted late previous year to examine wrongdoing in that sector.

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"These are urgent reforms that must still be implemented as a matter of urgency and can not be delayed while we wait for outcomes of a Royal Commission that will run well into 2019".

The systemic failures at the Oakden facility, which was run by the South Australian government, have also been cited as a catalyst for the commission.

The Australian Nurses Federation said a Royal Commission would do nothing to fix the aged care crisis unless the government introduced mandated staffing ratios.

He said doctors were concerned about a lack of resources, staff and coordination between all the sectors involved in caring for older Australians.

Labor said the Royal Commission was overdue.

"Angus is bringing back a package of things right now to see how we can get greater investment in what I call fair dinkum power, that's the stuff that works when the sun doesn't shine and wind doesn't blow", Mr Morrison told 2GB radio on Tuesday.

It comes ahead of an investigation into aged care by the ABC's Four Corners program, which is set to air tonight.

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