Earle Haven aged care closure explained

The sudden closure of the Earle Haven Retirement village in QLD left 69 residents in the lurch.
The sudden closure of the Earle Haven Retirement village in QLD left 69 residents in the lurch.

How it unfolded:

* On July 11 this year, 69 high-care residents at Earle Haven were left effectively homeless when the Nerang centre ceased trading.

* The closure came as a result of a pay dispute between the owner of the home, People Care, and HelpStreet, which managed the residential care facilities.

* The owner of People Care, Arthur Miller, and HelpStreet's global chief executive, Kris Bunker, have argued about who was at fault for the resulting crisis.

* Mr Bunker, who lives in the UK, has said that on July 10, he suggested Mr Miller pay $3 million to resolve their dispute and that he wanted half by midday the following day.

* Queensland authorities organised a "mass casualty action plan" after 2pm on July 11 when paramedics were called to the facility to help the residents.

The inquiries into this incident:

* Mr Miller and Mr Bunker, along with others involved in the facility have given evidence into the closure at a royal commission into aged care which recently sat in Brisbane.

* A Queensland parliamentary inquiry is also investigating the quality and safety of aged care at Earle Haven.

* Mr Miller was expected to give evidence on Wednesday but was unable to appear for medical reasons. He will instead appear next week.

Is it a canary in the coal mine?:

* In the wake of Earle Haven's closure, industry peak body Leading Age Services Australia said aged-care facilities across Australia are at "risk of failure" without adequate federal funding.

Australian Associated Press