A 3 minute read about the latest news on the Aged Care Royal Commission
By Darren James, Partner, Commercial Disputes, Mills Oakley. Winner, ACQ5 Litigation Lawyer of the Year (Australia), 2018. Winner, International Client Choice Award for Litigation (Australia), 2018.
This week, the 100 largest aged care providers are expected to receive written requests to provide information to the Royal Commission.
Responses to those requests are understood to be required by 7 January 2019.
It is understood that the requests will seek:
Information requests were used by the Banking Royal Commissioner with devastating effect. It was from the responses received that the Commissioner determined the case studies to be examined during the course of the Commission’s hearings.
The Aged Care Royal Commissioners will likely put the responses that they receive to similar use.
The Commissioners are expected to also issue similar information requests to smaller aged care providers next week.
Responses to those requests are understood to be required in early February 2019. They too are expected to be used by the Commission in determining the best case studies to examine during the Commission’s hearings.
Many of the businesses who received requests from the Banking Royal Commission last December were caught unprepared and ill equipped to deal with the complexity and volume of the requests.
Even the biggest businesses scrambled to respond to those requests appropriately, on time and in sufficient detail for the Commissioner.
Those who provided inadequate or incomplete responses, or who sought extensions, were the subject of criticism.
Recipients also routinely struggled with the fact that the requests sought frank admissions as to instances where actions had fallen short of community standards and expectations, or where they or their personnel had engaged in misconduct.
Aged care providers will face the same struggles when responding to the Commission’s requests.
The lesson from the Financial Services Royal Commission is don’t delay preparing: act now.
Here’s my top 5 steps that you should consider taking now:
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