Media Releases

Media Releases


COTA Australia has a record of being successful in getting media coverage on particular issues in both mainstream media and those targeted specifically at older people.


Links to other relevant media releases :

The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services

Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health

Retirement village residents often left in the dark over complex contracts
27/6/2017 - Leading seniors’ advocacy group, COTA Australia, is calling on the federal government to consider implementing a national regulatory system for retirement providers, in the wake of the Fairfax/Four Corners program on issues in the retirement village industry.
The Forgotten Faces of the looming Housing Crisis: older Australians
22/6/2017 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, will today host a housing policy summit, with experts warning of a looming crisis as older Australians face mounting pressure from rising rental prices and carrying mortgages into retirement.
COTA National Policy Forum To Tackle Housing Security
15/6/2017 - The 2017 COTA National Policy Forum will place the spotlight on the housing needs of older Australians covering current policy issues and future trends surrounding housing provision and affordability.
National Plan To Combat Elder Abuse Must Be A Top Priority
15/6/2017 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, is calling on the Federal Government to act promptly to better protect older people from abuse by swiftly implementing key recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report “Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response” tabled in the Senate yesterday and launched today by Attorney General George Brandis.
Older Australians deserve more say about residential aged care
27/5/2017 - Leading seniors’ advocacy body, COTA Australia, today welcomed new government funding which will provide almost 10,000 older Australians access to new or refurbished residential aged care services, but also highlighted the need for new thinking to better meet the needs of our ageing population.
Extending choice and control over palliative care in aged care
23/5/2017 - Leading seniors advocacy body, COTA Australia, is joining forces with a number of peak aged care and palliative care bodies to call for an improvement in access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care in aged care facilities.
Respecting and meeting end-of-life care needs in residential aged care
23/5/2017 - Access to high quality palliative and end-of-life care in aged care facilities will enable more Australians to have a good death, aged care, palliative care and aged care consumer peak bodies said today.
Pensioners squeezed out of Australian cities due to skyrocketing rents
17/5/2017 - A new report released today confirms that Australian pensioners have to leave the city to find affordable rent or pay more than 60 per cent of their income just to put a roof over their heads.
Local seniors in Tasmania unveil brand new aged care resource
12/5/2017 - Leading seniors’ advocacy body, COTA Australia, has today launched its inaugural Hobart Co-design Aged Care Information and Support resource, designed to help people navigate the aged care system.
Budget 2017: government delivers some good news for older Australians but misses some key challenges of an ageing Australia
9/5/2017 - The 2017 Federal Budget has some good measures for older Australians in the areas of health, housing and mature age employment but missed the opportunity to provide better support for older people with poor oral or dental health.
Budget Aged Care measures welcome - except one
9/5/2017 - Leading peak seniors’ advocacy organisation COTA Australia welcomed several additional commitments to the continuing aged care reform process in tonight’s Federal Budget but expressed concern about delays in moving on key reforms.
Unpaid super highlights Australia’s unpreparedness for our ageing population
3/5/2017 - Leading seniors’ advocacy body COTA Australia says the extent of unpaid superannuation revealed by the Senate Economics Committee Report is a disturbing indication of Australia’s lack of readiness for its ageing population and requires urgent action from the federal government.
COTA welcomes review of aged care quality regulation system
1/5/2017 - Leading peak seniors’ advocacy organisation COTA Australia today welcomed the review into how care quality in nursing homes is regulated, following recent major failures in one home in South Australia.
Budget must address rental affordability not just ownership
27/4/2017 - Leading seniors’ advocacy body COTA Australia says the annual Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot released today paints a bleak picture of rental affordability across Australia, highlighting the urgent need for action in the upcoming budget.
Home care services for older Australians enter new era
27/2/2017 - Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today heralded the start of changes to the delivery of aged care services at home which for the first time put much more choice and control into the hands of older people.
Older Australians congratulate Sister Anne Gardiner, Senior Australian of the Year, all senior nominees, and our Australian of the Year
25/1/2017 - Leading seniors advocacy body COTA Australia has congratulated Sister Anne Gardiner AM on being awarded Senior Australian of the Year for 2017.
Older Australians launch campaign to reverse mental health discrimination in aged care
24/1/2017 - Leading seniors peak COTA Australia today launched a petition as part of a campaign calling on new health minister Greg Hunt to reverse the historic anomaly that prevents older Australians in aged care accessing the same mental health services as everyone else in the community.
Difficult Conversations Needed To Agree Actions To Help End Abuse Of Older Australians
12/12/2016 - Leading seniors organisation COTA Australia says the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Discussion Paper released today with draft recommendations from its Elder Abuse Inquiry will hopefully kick-start a much needed public conversation about this significant and too often hidden problem in modern Australia.
Turnbull Government listens and acts on aged care funding
6/12/2016 - Leading seniors organisation COTA Australia has welcomed the Turnbull government’s changes to the 2016 Federal Budget decision regarding the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and congratulated it for its leadership in listening to the concerns of COTA and the aged care sector.
Passage of superannuation reform package welcome - but dropping of over 65's measure disappointing
23/11/2016 - Leading seniors’ organisation COTA Australia today welcomed the passage of the superannuation reform package through Parliament, but urged the government to urgently reinstate the reforms measures to lift restrictions on people over 65 years making voluntary contributions for a period after they have stopped working.
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