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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Page: 1841

Mr BUTLER (Port AdelaideMinister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Minister for Social Inclusion and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform) (09:23): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

Today I am delighted to introduce the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Bill 2013, which contributes to this government's $3.7 billion commitment to aged care, a commitment described in the Living Longer Living Better aged-care reform package that provides a 10-year plan for building a new aged-care system, a system for a 21st century Australia.

Consistent with the government's commitment to increased transparency in the quality of aged care, this bill and the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 establishes the new Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

The quality agency will replace the existing Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency from 1 January 2014. It will be the sole agency for approved providers of home care and residential care to deal with quality assurance of their services. This will lead to greater efficiencies, reduced costs and a further commitment to an end-to-end aged-care system.

This bill:

establishes the quality agency and proposes that it will become a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997;

describes the functions of the CEO of the quality agency and its advisory body, the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council;

describes the appointment processes for the CEO and for council members; and

describes important operational matters relating to the quality agency including reporting requirements.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.