ACSA welcomes new Opposition aged care team

Release date: 03 Jun 2019

The aged care peak body Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed the appointment of the federal opposition’s aged care team with the retention of the Hon Julie Collins MP as the Shadow Minister and the new appointment of Ged Kearney MP as Shadow Assistant Minister.

“Julie Collins is an experienced Minister and Ms Kearney has worked in aged care in previous roles which makes both well placed to understand and respond to the challenges facing our sector,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“We welcome these appointments and look forward to working with them as they take on these vital posts. While there are significant challenges, there are also huge opportunities presented by our ageing nation that we will work together on.

“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. Bipartisan cooperation, and the involvement and engagement of the opposition, will be required to realise this.

“The hard reality that must be faced both sides of politics is that 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 increasingly becoming more complex.

“We will work constructively with all sides in the new parliament, working towards reforms in the sector and to see the Royal Commission through.

“We’ve said previously we are disappointed that the Royal Commission was used as an excuse to delay urgent reforms from the major parties during the election campaign but it’s not too late to turn that around.

“We’ll be bringing new ideas and a positive outlook into all our discussions in the new parliament. We are looking forward to collaborating with Ms Collins, Ms Kearney and the opposition to see these ideas progressed,” said Ms Sparrow.



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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