Carers Australia welcomes the opportunity to respond to stage 3 of the consultation process to develop the new regulatory model for aged care by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department), specifically to provide comment on the second consultation paper with details of the proposed model (the Consultation Paper). We applaud the actions to increase protections for older people and empower them to exercise their rights in the context of a reformed and improved aged care system, and firmly believe these rights must be outlined in a Statement of Rights to be included in the new Aged Care Act.