The Royal Commission into the quality and safety of aged care in Australia has officially called for public submissions.
Eurobodalla Shire residents may have more reason than most to get involved.
The shire has roughly double the number of residents aged above 65 years, about 26 per cent, compared to the national average.
Aged care is also a significant employer in the shire.
Many of these are living in aged care facilities or receiving some kind of in-home support.
The commission was in part sparked by the appalling treatment of residents at Adelaide's now closed Oakden nursing home.
It will conduct its first public hearings in Adelaide in January.
It recently invited each of Australia's approved aged care providers for details on the services their outlets provide.
In a statement on Monday, the commission said it would take public submissions until at least the middle of 2019.
It is particularly interested in hearing of the personal experiences of people in relation to aged care facilities.
The commission is to deliver an interim report to the federal government by the end of October next year and its final report by the end of April 2020.
Australian Associated Press