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

Older Australians welcome strengthening of financial regulator
20/4/2016 - Increasing powers and funding for the financial regulator ASIC is a welcome step, providing some security to millions of older people who are too often the victims of poor conduct in the banking and finance sectors.
Co-Ordinated Health Care For Chronic Illness Is Good News
31/3/2016 - Leading senior's advocate COTA Australia today welcomed changes to the health care system that will better co-ordinate health care for older Australians suffering from chronic conditions and poor health, keeping them out of hospital and in their own homes.
COTA Australia welcomes Labor’s commitment to planning for a positive and inclusive ageing Australia
17/3/2016 - Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today backed Labor’s proposal for a new Minister for Ageing and Longevity to oversee a whole of government approach to increasing longevity and to look after the welfare of the many older Australians who are excluded from the full benefits of citizenship due to inequality and ageism.
Moves to clarify objectives of superannuation welcome and necessary, but not sufficient
9/3/2016 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed the Federal Government’s move to clearly identify the objectives of superannuation in legislation as recommended by the Financial Systems Inquiry.
New legislation gives older Australians real choice and control over services and care in their home
4/3/2016 - Legislation passed in the Senate yesterday giving older Australians more choice about their home care services is a very welcome improvement to our aged care system, leading seniors advocate COTA Australia said today.
Let’s put an end to alarmist pension headlines and review retirement incomes properly
2/3/2016 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today renewed its call for a considered, holistic and independent Retirement Incomes Review in light of yet another round of exaggerated claims about the age pension.
Older Australians Welcome More Choice And Control In Delivery Of Home Care
11/2/2016 - Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today welcomed the introduction of the legislation which will give control of aged home care packages and services to older people for the first time.
Emergency attention needed for ailing health insurance system
30/1/2016 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed moves by the Federal Government to require more information from private health insurers before automatically approving premium insurance hikes.
Congratulations 2016 Senior Australian of the Year, Gordian Fulde
25/1/2016 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today congratulated the 2016 Senior Australian of the Year, Gordian Fulde, following a distinguished career as the Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital and Sydney Hospital for more than three decades.
Make housing options viable and flexible for older Australians
1/2/2015 - Productivity Commission research into housing and older Australians should be considered as a part of a comprehensive retirement incomes package which considers the impacts on the quality of life of older people, not just as a Federal Budget quick fix, leading seniors advocate COTA Australia said today. COTA Chief Executive Ian Yates said COTA had called repeatedly for a full and independent retirement incomes review that would consider all policy options and their interrelationships, using evidence-based modelling.
Mental Health Reforms Welcome but Fail to Address the Needs of Older People
26/11/2015 - The release of wide ranging reforms in mental health by the federal government today provide a welcome shift to a more person-centered, streamlined and localized approach but unfortunately still fail to address to quite systemic neglect of the unique issues faced by older Australians, including depression and the high prevalence of suicide.
National plan needed to address national housing stress
24/11/2015 - The release of the Rental Affordability Index today again highlights the high levels of housing stress being felt across the nation and the need for all levels of government to act to firstly prevent it from worsening, and preferably to turn it around.
Rights of older people under the microscope at the UN
10/11/2015 - The United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review focusing on Australia’s human rights record overnight put forward a number of recommendations around Australia’s treatment of older people including providing better access to the workforce and strengthening anti-discrimination measures.
Older Australians Welcome Increased Consumer Protections And Improved Financial Advice But Better Retirement Income Regime Still Awaits
20/10/2015 - COTA Australia, the peak body for older Australians, today welcomed stronger consumer protections as a result of the Federal Government's long awaited response to the Financial Systems Inquiry's Final Report, but called again for more action to improve the retirement incomes system.
Wellbeing of older Australians now ranked 17th in the world
9/9/2015 - Australia is ranked 17th on the Global AgeWatch Index 2015 which ranks 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people. Australia is outranked by the Scandinavian countries, most of western Europe, Canada and New Zealand.
COTA welcomes inquiry into superannuation gap for older women
18/8/2015 - Australia’s peak organisation for older Australians today welcomed tri-partisan support for a Senate Inquiry into the financial security of older women – in the absence of a more comprehensive, independent Retirement Incomes Review.
ANZ Report on Women’s superannuation highlights urgent need for action on retirement incomes
29/7/2015 - The release of the ANZ Women's Report again highlights the urgent need for a full and independent Retirement Incomes Review which would include addressing the growing numbers of older women living in poverty and at risk of homelessness, the peak body for older Australians, COTA Australia, said today.
Older Women In Financial Stress: Experts
2/7/2015 - The peak body for older Australians, COTA Australia is calling on governments to address factors that are forcing more and more older Australian women into poverty and homelessness. The issue will come under the spotlight at the COTA Australia National Policy Forum today when key experts meet in Canberra to look at policies that bridge the gaps between the genders in older Australians.
Retirement incomes review a start toward improvements needed in Australia’s retirement incomes system to ensure certainty, adequacy and sustainability
17/6/2015 - Leading seniors advocate and age consumer peak, COTA Australia, today welcomed the announcement that the federal Tax White Paper process will be broadened to include a more intensive review of retirement incomes involving extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including seniors’ representatives.
A Review To Design A Secure, Liveable Income For All Older Australians
15/5/2015 - Australian pensioners will find it difficult to accept the proposed changes to the pension assets test taper rate set out in the Federal Budget this week, without those changes being part of a broader, independent review of the retirement incomes space, said older Australians peak body COTA Australia.
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