Locals in the Illawarra and Southern Highlands are being reminded that it is now possible to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

Announced late last year, the Royal Commission will look into abuse and cover-ups in the aged care sector.

Labor has been saying for a long time that the aged care system is in a state of national crisis, and while there have been several inquiries into problems in the aged care sector, the Government hasn’t acted.

The quality standards and reporting system aren’t working. There aren’t enough aged care workers and they aren’t given enough pay, respect or support.

Billions of dollars have been cut from aged care in the last five years by the Liberals. Mr Morrison cut almost $2 billion in his first year as Treasurer. You don’t fix aged care by cutting funding. No wonder the system is in crisis.

A website that has been set up to provide information about the Terms of Reference, the work of the Royal Commission, how submissions can be made and when and where hearings will be held. Locals can follow the progress of the Royal Commission people by visiting this link: http://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Those interested in making a submission can do so online at: https://agedcaresubmissions.lawinorder.com.au/#/

If you are not comfortable using the online form, the Royal Commission would still like to hear from you.

You can write to the Royal Commission at GPO Box 1151 Adelaide SA 5001, email [email protected] or telephone 1800 960 711.