Entries by Joanne O'Brien

Royal Commission to scrutinise providers who do not respond

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety held its first day of hearings yesterday.  It began with an opening address from Counsel assisting the Commission in which he informed the Commissioners that less than one half of aged care providers had responded to the Commission’s request for information about substandard care. Even though […]

Queensland Retirement Villages – New Approved Forms

The approved forms to be used by scheme operators from 1 February 2019 are now available and can be accessed using this link. The new forms are: • Village Comparison Document; • Prospective Costs Document; • Precontractual Disclosure Waiver; • Entry Condition Report; and • Exit Condition Report. The Department of Housing and Public Works […]

Aged Care Royal Commission Update

All providers would by now be aware that the Royal Commission has written to “larger providers” with an invitation to provide an early written submission. Here are some of the key issues to come out of that letter: 1. This is an invitation only. The Commissioners have extensive coercive powers under which they can order […]

Queensland Aged Care Inquiry

The Queensland Government has established its own inquiry into aged care and palliative care. The inquiry will be conducted by the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee. The inquiry will look at: The delivery of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care in Queensland across the health and ageing service systems; […]

Queensland Retirement Villages – More changes

The Government has moved to ensure that residents of freehold villages have the same protections from the 18 month compulsory buyback provisions as have been given to residents who lease or licence their units. The changes have been introduced to Parliament as part of yet another omnibus bill; the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill […]

Retirement village law reform in Queensland

The implementation of the amendments to the Retirement Villages Act (“RVA”) has reached the next stage with 1 February 2019 being proclaimed as the commencement date for: The new disclosure documents; the Village comparison document and prospective costs document; The requirement for operators to maintain a website which can relate to more than one village […]

It’s less than a month away

What:               Not-For-Profit Conference When:              Thursday 29 November 2018 Where:             Elements of Byron Resort & Spa, Byron Bay Click here to see the agenda and register : NFP Conference Agenda Joanne O'BrienAn expert with years of experience in, and passion for, […]

Your Guide to the Royal Commission

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission have been released but there is still a lot of detail to come about how submissions can be made and how hearings will be conducted.  We have prepared a fact sheet about the powers of the Royal Commission and how they can be exercised. You can access […]

Byron Bay Not for Profit Conference Program

Click here to see the Agenda and register for the conference. Joanne O'BrienAn expert with years of experience in, and passion for, advising the not for profit sector in all aspects of their operations from creation, management, mergers and governance through to risk and compliance and beyond, particularly in the aged care sector. http://www.crhlaw.com.au

Preparing for the Royal Commission

As we prepare for the Royal Commission into aged care, it is worth considering what providers can learn from what has occurred at the Financial Services Royal Commission. One of the terms of reference for the Financial Services Royal Commission is “whether any conduct, practices, behaviour or business activities by financial services entities fall below […]