ACSA congratulates new Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians

Release date: 26 May 2019

The aged care peak body Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has congratulated the incoming Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, who is due to be sworn in by the Governor General on Wednesday.

“Congratulations to the new Minister for taking on what is one of the most important and potentially rewarding posts in the new parliament. There are significant challenges, but also huge opportunities presented by our ageing nation,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“The non-profit aged care sector is looking forward to furthering our good relationship with the government and with the new Minister.

“There is reason to feel optimistic about what can be achieved through the big national conversation we are now having about ageing and aged care.

“But the hard reality that must be faced both by our sector and the government is that currently, not everyone in Australia is getting the aged care they need. As we live longer as individuals and the population ages  – our health and care needs are more complex and ultimately expensive.

“What we really need is a better plan for our own ageing and for the ageing population. We are delivering our incoming government brief to the new Minister and are commiting to engaging constructively to come up with this long term plan.

“We’ve said previously we are disappointed that the Royal Commission was used as an excuse to delay urgent reforms during the election campaign but it’s not too late to turn that around and we’ll be bringing new ideas and a positive outlook into our discussions with the government,” Ms Sparrow said.


As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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