Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care

Our independent oversight helps transform the aged care system to better meet the diverse needs of older people in Australia.

Oversight of aged care

We call out systemic and significant issues in aged care, recommend change to government and parliament, and review complaints management processes.

Get involved

Engaging with the sector is important to our work. We value input from those within the sector, those representing the sector, and the public.

Who we are

We are an independent agency. We have oversight of the administration, regulation, and funding of the aged care system by the Australian Government.

Vision

Our vision is to be a trusted authority that ensures integrity and accountability in the aged care system by providing informed and independent oversight. We will be a catalyst for change by calling out problems and identifying areas for improvement to ensure that older people can access the care they need.

A message from the Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care

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Hello, I'm Ian Yates, acting inspector general of Aged Care. And I'm Paula Pearsall, Agency Executive Director. Welcome to the Office of the Inspector General of Aged Care. In this video, we will cover some basic information about the office, who we are, what we do, and how we work with other departments that look after aged care. The office was set up following recommendations made by The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Our role is to review the aged care system with a focus on how it works and importantly, areas that need critical improvement. We do this work as a stand alone agency, independent of other government departments and agencies. Our independence gives us the freedom to complete reviews without influence or bias. This means the information we gather and reports we make to Parliament help make the aged care system more accountable and transparent. Our review process is in-depth and often requires us to look into particular issues or areas of weakness in the aged care system.

We pay close attention to the procedures and actions by other Commonwealth agencies that have a shared responsibility in the aged care sector. These agencies include the Department of Health and Aged Care, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, and the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority.

To have a better understanding of what is happening across the system, we also monitor and gather information from key stakeholders, media and other reviews and reports. These insights allow us to identify emerging trends, patterns and issues that we may need to focus on. An important part of how we look at making improvements to the aged care sector is hearing from you, the public.

Your insights and experience will help us better understand how the system is working and the areas we would need to focus on. As a new agency, we are now in the final stages of developing our first Work Plan. The Work Plan is an important document that sets out our key focuses over the next six months and the work we wish to undertake to drive improvement across the aged care system. The plan also provides an outline of the different types of reports the Inspector General plans to produce over the next six months.

These reports include Review reports, which are the results of our findings and recommendations, and Progress reports, these provide updates to Parliament on the implementation of Royal Commission recommendations. The Work Plan will be available on our website after the 15th of December 2023.

The work of the Office in partnership with other government departments, the aged care sector and broader Australian community, means we are actively working towards making a real and meaningful change in an informed and considered way. The process will take time, there are some difficult recommendations that we will need to work through. However, the work that we put in now will ensure that future Australians will experience a progressive and fit for purpose aged care system.

To find out how you can get involved or for any other information on the work we are doing, please visit our website on igac.gov.au.

Thank you for your time and your interest in the role of the Inspector General.