New residential aged care design standards

Closed 17 Dec 2021

Opened 11 Nov 2021


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

Residential aged care providers and stakeholders – how do design elements work for your business, your staff and your residents? We also want to hear about design elements that don’t work well or make it hard to provide quality care.

Technical experts, including architects, dementia advisors, accessibility experts and health professionals – what are your experiences in developing or contributing to the design of residential aged care accommodation? What observations have you made about what works well in good residential aged care design?

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The New Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework Overview discussion paper provides context for development of residential aged care design standards. 

The New Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework Design and Innovation discussion paper explores the drivers for change and key elements that impact residential aged care accommodation design, including:

  • accessibility
  • dementia-friendly design
  • diversity
  • small home environments
  • location
  • safety, including infection control
  • ensuring standards do not limit innovation.

Residential aged care providers, stakeholders and technical experts are encouraged to respond to the discussion papers directly to the team through email.

We would like to let you know what feedback we hear and what we do with it. Please indicate whether you would like to receive feedback or participate in further consultation in your response.


  • Health professionals
  • Aged care service providers
  • Aged care workforce
  • Aged care professionals


  • Dementia
  • Residential Aged Care