New accommodation design standards for residential aged care

Closed 20 Apr 2022

Opened 9 Mar 2022


We want to hear about what is important in the design of high quality residential aged care accommodation.

The Australian Government is working with senior Australians and the aged care sector to develop a new Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework, including design standards. These will guide the design of residential aged care accommodation to help improve quality of life for senior Australians.

Have your say 

Senior Australians, their families, carers and aged care advocates are invited to help us create safer, more innovative aged care accommodation.

The key elements of aged care accommodation design include:

  • accessibility – being user-friendly and supportive for everyone
  • dementia-friendly – promoting independence and supporting people with dementia
  • suitable for diverse populations – being inclusive and supportive for everyone
  • safe design standards – including promoting infection prevention and control
  • standards that support innovation.

Your responses will help us draft the residential aged care design standards.

You are invited to complete the online survey. It should take around 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you would like help completing the survey or would like to request a paper copy of the survey with a reply-paid envelope, please call 1800 318 209.

Translation services are available by calling 131 450 for the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS). You will be asked for:

  • your name
  • the name of the organisation you need to contact - Department of Health
  • the phone number of the organisation you need to contact - 1800 318 209.

Stay on the line while the operator connects you and the interpreter through.


The survey will be open for 6 weeks from 9 March until 20 April 2022.

Thank you for taking the time to participate.


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Seniors
  • Carers and guardians
  • Families
  • Non-government organisations
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • General public
  • Community groups
  • Aged care service providers
  • Aged care workforce
  • Aged care professionals


  • Dementia
  • Aged Care
  • Residential Aged Care