Above: CEO of ACAA, Rod Young
The aged care sector is now one step closer to having a single national peak body, following an official decision from Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) to proceed with merger discussions.
Today, ACAA confirmed it had given its board the thumbs up to move ahead with plans to merge with fellow sector peak body, Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA).
CEO of ACAA, Rod Young, said the organisation recently endorsed a motion approving the board of ACAA “to progress the merger discussions” during its Annual General Meeting this month.
“The work of the steering committee formed by the appointment of three members from each association is proceeding, with work on governance and structure being the first priorities,” Mr Young said.
“The passing of this resolution at the ACAA, Annual General Meeting is another important step along this journey.”
The question of the merger will now be put to ACSA members at its own Annual General Meeting in November this year.
It is proposed that the existing state associations of ACSA and ACAA become the members of the new national entity.
Official news of a prospective merger first arrived in July this year, after ACSA announced that its board had resolved to seek the support of its state members for a merged national body voted.
Plans to merge have been on the table for around 10 years or so but never have they gained much momentum until now.
Both organisations say their joint objective is to get a definite decision to merge by the end of this year.