Draft Design Principles and Guidelines for aged care accommodation

Audience: Older Australians, carers and families, Aged care workers, Providers (i.e service administrators, owners), Aged care experts and peak organisations

Topic: Aged care reform

Location: Online

Time: 10-15 minutes

Consultation undertaken by: University of Wollongong (Qualtrics)

Contact name: Rob Day

Contact email: accommodationdesign.reform@health.gov.au

Further information

The new Design Principles and Guidelines will be introduced from 1 July 2024. They will guide the design of residential aged care accommodation to help improve quality of life for older people.

We are now seeking feedback on factors that might impact the adoption of the draft Design Principles and Guidelines.

The consultation will close on Friday 20 October 2023.

Two discussion papers were released in November 2021 inviting feedback from peak bodies, service providers, carers, and technical experts.

A design survey for older people and their families and carers opened in March 2022, asking about the physical design, social and lifestyle characteristics they wanted the Design Principles and Guidelines to consider.

The development of these Design Principles and Guidelines forms part of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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