ACSA National Online Summit: A New Age for Aged Care, 17-21 May 2021

Release date: 16 May 2021

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) will hold its 33rd annual Summit, A new age for aged care, online from 17-21 May. This will be the first opportunity to connect as a sector following the Government’s response to the Royal Commission and the release of the Federal budget last week.

Summit highlights will include:

  • address by Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing Mark Butler (from 12:05pm on Mon)

  • Reconciliation Action Plan launch by Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt (Mon)

  • address by Former Aged Care Royal Commissioner Lynelle Briggs (Wed)

  • keynote presentation by economic and financial expert Dr John Hewson (Tues)

  • keynote presentation by Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson (Wed)

  • keynote presentation by Paralympian and disability rights advocate Kurt Fearnley (Fri)

  • launch of HESTA’s Aged Care workforce insights: COVID and beyond report (Mon)

ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said the Federal budget was a significant investment and step forward for aged care residents, their families, providers and the sector. The Summit will explore the Budget and the Government's response to the Royal Commission.

“The participants at the ACSA annual summit meet at a critical time of opportunity. After more than 20 years, the Budget and the government’s response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations have the potential to finally address many of the challenges facing aged care,” she said.

“We meet with the hope of charting a new course for aged care in Australia. The Royal Commission report provides a pathway to a new and world-class Australian aged care system based on a rights-based approach that aims to ensure seniors receive high quality services that meet their needs and choices.

“The aged care sector is ready to make the changes needed  and actively lead the development of the  system we want for  residents, families, providers, staff and the community as a whole,” Ms Sparrow said.

Registrations are open for the ACSA National Online Summit here:

Full Summit program here:

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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