Janet Anderson has been appointed as the first aged care quality and safety commissioner, tasked with leading the independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission that launches on 1 January 2019.

Chief Executive of COTA Australia, Ian Yates, said the timely appointment of the Commissioner was one more important step forward in fostering accountability and confidence in the aged care system, ensuring older Australians receive the highest quality aged care they rightfully deserve.

“Over the last few months we have been confronted with shocking stories of older Australians being neglected, mistreated and quite frankly, badly let down by some providers in our aged care industry. The imminent launch of the Commission, and the appointment of Janet Anderson today, is another step toward a new era for aged care in Australia, an era in which older Australians and families can get the aged care they want and deserve and be confident it will be a high-quality service.”