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The release of the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Final Report is a pivotal moment for the sector. Throughout the Royal Commission, the Commissioners haven’t held back in their critique of the struggles facing the sector and its failings in caring for older Australians. After countless government reviews and reforms, years of media scrutiny, and public outcry over quality failures, including the tragic outbreaks of COVID-19, this is the moment for transformative change. But change doesn’t come easy.

While there is an expectation that a significant government response will be needed, providers cannot escape the burden of responsibility that falls on them to respond appropriately and to build a better future.