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Election Scorecard

Election Scorecard

COTA Australia is calling for a new deal for older Australians

A new deal that ensures that older people are equal and full participants in Australia's future and that allows them to enjoy their rights and responsibilities as citizens for their entire lifetime.

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 alp
3 calls fully met
1 call partially met


1 call fully met
3 calls partially met

 green
12 calls fully met
9 calls partially met

  Call has been fully or substantially met

Call has been partially met

Call will not be met

Call has not been met yet

yes

partially

no

not yet

 

1.       A new deal means an end to ageism and age discrimination in all aspects of Australian society.


alp

COALITION

green

1.1 Develop and deliver a five year broad anti-ageism campaign.

unknown

unknown

tick

1.2 Strengthen the Age Discrimination Act to ensure that it provides the same protections as the other antidiscrimination Acts.

tick

unknown

tick

1.3 Support the development of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

unknown

unknown

unknown

 

2.       A new deal means access to quality health services for all older Australians.

 

alp

coalition

green

2.1 Establish a Parliamentary Inquiry which looks at why Medicare is no longer providing universal access and how it can be remodelled to improve health care access.

no

no

yes

2.2 Implement more direct payments to primary health providers for managing people with chronic illness.

no

no

partially

2.3 Deliver a five year national public education campaign around dying and palliative care that looks at what makes a good death and how people can make sure their wishes are respected.

yes

unknown

yes

2.4 Develop a new Commonwealth-State Palliative Care Agreement that includes a significant increase in palliative care funding to ensure all Australians receive good palliative care when and where they need it.

unknown

unknown

partially

2.5 Harmonise State and Territory laws around advance care planning and end of life decisions to ensure people’s choices are respected.

yes

unknown

yes

2.6 Provide dedicated funding for older adult services in all future Commonwealth State agreements on mental health.

no

no

partially

2.7 Improve training and education for health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems for older people.    

no

no

no

2.8 Support the service initiatives identified by Alzheimer’s Australia in their Election Manifesto 2013.1.

unknown

unknown

unknown

2.9 Provide an additional $40 million investment per year for dementia research to help identify its causes, help with early intervention and find new treatments.                

unknown

yes

yes

2.10 Increase resources to improve health literacy across the community with specific measures for older people.

unknown

unknown

partially

2.11 Develop and implement a Healthy Ageing strategy that encourages older people to change their lifestyle and addresses the key risk factors around alcohol, nutrition, tobacco and exercise.

partially

unknown

partially

 

3. A new deal means the participation of older Australians in the workforce as long as they want or need to.

 

alp

coalition

green

3.1 Develop and deliver a National Mature Age Workforce Plan which would identify key activities and provide a framework for further initiatives.

unknown

partially

partially

3.2 A consultancy service to provide support for small and medium sized enterprises to restructure their workplaces to allow them to have a more diverse workforce.

unknown

unknown

unknown

3.3 Abolition of the upper age limits on personal contributions to superannuation.

unknown

unknown

unknown

 

4. A new deal means access to quality aged care services when and where they are needed.

 

alp

coalition

green

4.1 End the current capped or rationed system and develop a system where the resources are directed to consumers’ needs. This could be a phased implementation starting, as with the roll out of Living Longer Living Better, with home care packages.

unknown

unknown

yes

4.2 Undertake a study to determine the nature, and amount, of unmet demand.

no

no

unknown

4.3 Create a national aged care assessment framework and tools based on the reablement approach.

unknown

unknown

unknown

4.4 Establish a local physical presence for the My Aged Care Gateway.

unknown

unknown

unknown

4.5 Establish a strong and independent complaints process and strengthen and expand the powers of the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.

unknown

partially

partially

4.6 Develop and implement a cohesive, rights based aged care advocacy program that holistically supports older people as they navigate and use the aged care system.

unknown

unknown

unknown

4.7 Develop and implement an elder abuse support and prevention program that informs consumers of their rights.

unknown

unknown

yes

4.8 Develop and introduce initiatives that support older people to have choice in how they meet their aged care costs and live in accommodation that better meets their later life needs.

unknown

unknown

yes

4.9 Specifically examine the introduction of a HECS type scheme for older people to borrow against the equity in their home to pay aged care service costs.

unknown

unknown

partially

 

5. A new deal means ensuring that older Australians can have a reasonable standard of living.

 

alp

coalition

green

5.1 Increase Newstart by $50 per week for single recipients.

no

no

tick

5.2 Increase the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 30 per cent.

no

no

partially

5.3 Establish an Affordable Housing Growth Fund to provide 20,000 new low-income rental properties each year.

no

no

partially

5.4 Expand the National Rental Affordability Scheme by 50,000 places.

unknown

partially

yes

 

Relevant commitments made other than those called for in COTA Australia's Election Platform.

 

green

The income thresholds for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card will be indexed by the Consumer Price Index annually commencing in September 2014

 

green

Providing all eligible mature age job seekers with more intensive support as soon as they enter Job Services Australia system

 

green

 Ensuring that all job seekers over 45 are able to access re¬training through their job service provider and are fully informed out their right to retraining funding

 

green

Hold an inquiry into why our job services are failing older Australians

 

green

Working across jurisdictions to implement changes to workers compensation and work-related insurances to remove legal barriers to employing older workers.

green

Removal of the upper age limit of 65 for access to NDIS when it is fully rolled out

green

Incentive of $250/fortnight for employers to take on an unemployed person over 50 and keep them for at least 6 months.

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