Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) has stated its commitment to consulting with members on a potential restructure of the organisation, after details of a confidential report were revealed by AAA.

Written by independent consulting group, the Nous Group the report recommended that the ACSA change from a federation of state associations to a national body with state branches.

It also said a merger between ACSA and Aged Care Association Australia was worthy of further investigation.

ACSA president, Klaus Zimmermann said the association was dedicated to representing the interests of its members and older Australians.

“The report examined a range of options, many of which have been extensively and widely debated over many years,” he said.

“It is ACSA’s intention to consult members and seek their views on the best organisational structure to meet their needs and strengthen ACSA’s role in advocating for urgent reforms.

“Within any organisation there will be divergent views on change but ACSA is confident that industry members will be united in their determination to achieve the best outcome for the organisation and the industry.”

Mr Zimmerman said any changes to ACSA’s structure would be aimed at improving the strength of the association’s lobbying and policy development.

“The failings of the current regulatory and funding structure and the impending Productivity Commission recommendations for the reform of aged care, as Australia prepares for a dramatic increase in the numbers of older people, all point to the need for a strong industry voice,” he said.

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