Members sought for Council of Elders

Applications are open for older Australians to join the Aged Care Council of Elders.

Applications are open for older Australians to join the Aged Care Council of Elders.

The council – which held its first meeting in February 2022 and was announced in October 2021 – provides a direct voice to the federal government about aged care reform.

Its current members’ terms are due to expire in December 2023. Applications to replace them are sought from older people across Australia with lived experience of aged care.

Anika Wells

“The Council of Elders plays a critical role in ensuring the diverse views and perspectives of older people are heard by the Albanese Government as we reform aged care,” said Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells in a statement.

“I am encouraging all older people who have experience with the aged care system and strong local networks to nominate as a member of the Council of Elders – this is a unique opportunity to represent your community and contribute to an aged care system that older people can trust.”

Successful applicants will be those who can demonstrate their ability to take key issues to their communities for discussion and relay that feedback to government. 

Older Australians in rural and remote locations, and from diverse communities, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Membership appointments will be for a term of up to two years, with a proposed commencement date of January 2024.

Applications – which close on Friday 28 July – can be made here.

Further information on the role of the council and its terms of reference can be accessed here.

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