Policy priorities for COTA Australia reflect issues of major concern to older people as well as emerging opportunities in national public policy. Issues are identified from COTA members, local networks of seniors clubs and groups, and contacts from older people and their families.
Policy areas for action as identified by the National Policy Council include but are not limited to:
||Access, consumer choice, quality, long term sustainability
||Access, affordability, choice, reform, advance care directives
||Age discrimination, human rights, UN Convention on the Rights of Older People
Older Persons Housing Strategy, Liveable Housing (formerly National Dialogue on Universal Housing), future Housing design, retirement living options, public housing stock and rents
||Adequacy, concessions, superannuation
||Mature age employment, superannuation and Workcover reform
||Affordability, effective concessions
||Regional, rural and remote ageing special issues
ONECOTA magazine is used to provide information to COTA members on policy issues and to solicit input.
All COTAs are looking at how they can better engage with indigenous people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the policy process. COTA Australia is developing stronger collaborative links with FECCA and has become a member of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse working group of the Ageing Consultative Committee.
COTA is also seeking to strengthen its links with organisations representing gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex older people so it has a better understanding of their issues.