This week in parliament, Rebekha Sharkie unveiled unconscionable aged care "rorts" in her electorate. Instead of money going to quality care and nourishing food, instances of people paying up to 45% of their aged care fees to "management".1
A complete lack of transparency is just one of many problems in our crumbling aged care system. But we have a chance to fix that.
On February 26, the Royal Commission will release their final report, highlighting over 20 years of Coalition neglect and abuse and outlining the reform our aged care system desperately needs – like mandated minimum staffing levels, more staff training and transparent funding explicitly linked to care.
But reversing decades of funding cuts and privatisation is going to take a big commitment from the Morrison Government – not the empty platitudes and budget announcements we're used to. In these crucial weeks before the report is released, we need to make them feel like every pair of eyes across the country is on them, so they can't talk their way out of committing to real reform.
Can you sign the petition and let the Morrison Government know the public is watching and waiting for real aged care reform in 2021?
It's going to take the full strength of our movement to see these changes through. But thankfully GetUp members have already been working tirelessly to hold the Government accountable – and we've seen that pressure work. Check out the amazing work we did on aged care in 2020 below!
Anisha and Tessa, for the GetUp team
 Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged to fix aged care management fee 'rorts', The Advertiser, 3 February 2021.
Here's an overview of all of the incredible things GetUp members like you have already done on this campaign.
Spreading joy to people in Aged Care 🧡Last month we sent you a different kind of request – one that brought us to tears. With the holiday season fast approaching and with travel restrictions still in place, we were afraid people in aged care wouldn't feel the holiday cheer.
So over 1,000 GetUp members sprung into action and wrote heartfelt letters to people in aged care.
Those letters were compiled and printed into a beautiful book, with copies now delivered to aged care homes across the country.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a letter – they really highlight the love and generosity of the GetUp movement. Click here to read all of the beautiful letters in this digital magazine.
Some hopeful newsEarlier this month we got to report back on an exciting and very much overdue win. Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck announced the Coalition will adopt all recommendations outlined in the Royal Commission's special report into coronavirus. 1
It's the first step in ensuring a crisis like this never happens again – and an admission that the Morrison Government should have ensured the aged care sector was better prepared for a pandemic like coronavirus.
The hard work of GetUp members across the country contributed to this outcome. In October, over 35,000 of you came together to sign a petition demanding aged care reform. And just days before he made his announcement, 8,000 GetUp members emailed Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck and other key Coalition MPs, demanding they adopt the recommendations.
Minister Colbeck's announcement earlier this month was a clear sign he's feeling the pressure, and we're on the right track for broader reform.
What's happening with the Royal Commission?The Royal Commission into Aged Care will hand down its final report on February 26. It's likely to expose some hard truths and lay bare the wide-ranging reform necessary to protect our seniors.
Getting the Morrison Government to commit to adopting all recommendations in the report is going to be a hard task. But the fact they've already committed to the recommendations in the special coronavirus report is a clear sign they know they can't afford to stay silent on aged care.
This is just the beginning. After an incredibly well deserved rest, and slamming the door shut on 2020, we're excited to get back to campaigning for a fair, flourishing and just aged care sector.
Let's make 2021 the year we reform aged care.
Anisha, Tessa and Naz – the GetUp team