I acknowledge today’s statement from the Chair of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Honourable Gaetano Pagone QC.
The Government has consistently refuted claims that our intention is to privatise the assessment process for aged care. That assertion is incorrect.
The Government is completely cognisant of the view the Royal Commission has expressed in its interim report regarding the integration of these assessment services as reiterated by Commissioner Pagone today.
The objective of the Government’s current process is to achieve that outcome.
We would welcome any views the Royal Commission has in respect of completion of this integration process.
The Government continues to respect the independence of the Royal Commission.