Aged care provider peak body Aged and Community Services Australia and its co-operatives counterpart Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals have signed a memorandum of understanding this week to support providers to consider different operating models.

ACSA said the MOU, which was announced on Monday, will give aged care provider members greater opportunities to explore and consider different models of ownership and governance.

Patricia Sparrow

The MOU aims to build understanding and awareness of the attributes and benefits of co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs) and their aim to:

  • better meet the needs and expectations of consumers in diverse communities across Australia
  • empower employees, consumers and other stakeholders as members to have specific responsibilities in the governance of the enterprise
  • provide solutions to the challenges in some communities around providing sustainable, appropriate and quality services with a particular focus on priority areas raised by the aged care royal commission
  • foster a culture of co-operation around innovation in response to a new Aged Care Act
  • increase the diversity of ownership and business models among aged care providers enabling more choice for consumers and employees.

The MOU’s objectives include delivering information and awareness programs about CMEs, provide online tools and resources, and offer guidance, encouragement and support to ACSA members.

ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said ACSA looked forward to working with BCCM.

Melina Morrison

“The MOU is an exciting commitment to exploring different organisational models and ways in which providers can respond to the royal commission findings for older people to have more control and choice over the services they are receiving,” Ms Sparrow said.

BCCM CEO Melina Morrison said: “We are delighted to partner with ACSA to increase awareness of the co-op and mutual model and how member-ownership and governance can help organisations achieve their aspirations for person centred, compassionate care delivered by aged care workers who feel appreciated and empowered in their workplace.”

View the MOU.

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