Residential Aged Care Accommodation Design Standards

The Australian Government is developing new residential aged care accommodation design standards that can be viewed at:

You are invited to have your say and help us to create:

  • safer, more innovative residential aged care accommodation options
  • accessibility and enablement, improving quality of life, and
  • dementia-friendly services.

Technical experts, including architects, dementia advisors, accessibility experts and health professionals, are invited to read the New Residential Aged Care Accommodation Framework Overview and the Design and Innovation discussion papers at and provide us with feedback to inform our work.

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
  • safe design standards, and
  • ensuring standards do not limit innovation.

After reading the papers, let us know your experiences in:

  • developing or contributing to the design of residential aged care accommodation
  • what you have observed about aged care environments that meet the needs of older Australians from diverse communities.

Email your feedback to us by 17 December 2021 at

See the improving accommodation in residential aged care webpage for more information and contacts.