Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Australia

GoCo is fully supportive of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Australia, announced by the Prime Minister in September.

We all want a safe, high quality and high performing aged care system. While the vast majority of Australia’s aged care services and their dedicated staff deliver good quality care, there have been examples of unacceptable failures that must be prevented from happening in the future.

To this end, the Royal Commission aims to:

  1. Examine issues and examples of what is not working – where the aged care system has failed, and;
  2. Explore what needs to change to in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of the growing numbers of older Australians.

Along with all aged care providers across the country GoCo is currently responding to a request from the Royal Commission for information.

The first Hearing of the Royal Commission is being held on 18 January, and the Commission is aiming to deliver an interim report in October 2019 and a final report in April 2020. However, in reality, the timing is up to the Commissioners to determine.

Caring for older Australians is an issue of national importance and is too important not to get right.

While this Royal Commission process may be challenging in many ways in the shorter term, we trust it will be in everyone’s interests moving forward.

For further information, or if you have any concerns about the Royal Commission process, please contact Jasmin Bird on (02) 67 402240.

You can also find out more and follow the progress of the Royal Commission via its website at

Our Southwest Rocks Adventure


In November our Aboriginal Elders Group enjoyed a trip to Southwest Rocks.

We arrived late Tuesday afternoon, unpacked and got ready for tea.  We dined at the Country Club restaurant each evening, the meals were amazing!

Wednesday morning: we attended the Trial Bay Gaol for a tour. The ladies really enjoyed visiting there.

We then had a wander around the shops in town and had a stroll down to the beach.

Thursday morning: the Elders had a shopping day in Kempsey. We had a lovely day looking in all of the shops.

The drive home on Friday was a much quieter trip than the trip over due to everyone being tired but relaxed.

The ladies were upset that our trip had come to an end, however overall we all thoroughly enjoyed our adventure together.


The benefits of volunteering flow both ways

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NDIS Funding Boost For Gunnedah Council

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, and Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, visited Gunnedah Shire Council on Friday. They announced $35,000 in funding to support the Council’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The funding will be used to continue to deliver frontline services, improve transparency and increase engagement with local Aboriginal families.

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Celebrate Grandparents Day with GoCo

Picnic on the Lawn

GoCo Community Care is celebrating the role grandparents and older people play in the community with a Grandparents Day get together for residents to connect across generations.

The event, supported by Family and Community Services NSW (FACS), will be held on Sunday, 29 October from 10am to 1pm. Read more »

GoCo celebrates carers this National Carers Week

GoCo Community Care is taking time to care for carers in Gunnedah during National Carers Week (15-21 October).

Carers are invited to GoCo’s ‘Peace and Pamper Day’.  Relaxing massages, manicures and a light morning tea will be provided. Also, GoCo staff will be on hand to provide information about support and social activities for carers and the people they care for. Read more »

Meet & Greet @ GoCo

Meet and greet morning tea

GoCo Community Care invite you to join us to celebrate Local Government Week with a Meet & Greet morning tea. Read more »