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

BUDGET 2015: Aged Care Excitement But Otherwise Not Much For Older Australians
12/5/2015 - Older Australians will welcome confirmation that the Federal government has dropped unfair changes to pension indexation and given them more choice and control in how they receive aged care at home. Other budget measures will be received with less enthusiasm including changes to employment incentives and cuts to dementia care.
BUDGET 2015: Next Big Step In An Aged Care Revolution
12/05/2015 - Older Australians will strongly welcome measures announced in the 2015 Federal Budget to give them direct control of their own aged care funding packages, have access to an independent complaints system, and introduce a streamlined approach to home care delivery, leading seniors advocate COTA Australia said today.
Pension Indexation Safe - Proposed New Pension Changes On A Much Better Path - But Full Retirement Incomes Review Still Essential
7/5/2015 - Confirmation today that the Federal government is dropping plans to change pension indexation will be of great relief to millions of Australian pensioners, says the peak body for older Australians, COTA Australia.
Older Australians Need National Plan To Address Chronic Housing Stress
30/4/2015 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today joined Anglicare in calling for a national plan for affordable housing, with the latest housing snapshot showing just 3.4% of rental properties nation-wide were affordable for people on an aged pension.
Age discrimination locking older people out of jobs
23/4/2015 - Age discrimination is insidious in Australian workplaces and needs to be immediately addressed said leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today following Treasurer Joe Hockey’s launch of the National Prevalence Survey of age discrimination in the workplace, commissioned by The Age Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Susan Ryan, on behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Creating a secure, livable income for all older Australians
23/4/2015 - The changing demographics of the Australian population requires urgent attention in the coming Federal budget including a major review of the entire retirement incomes space, says a position paper released today by leading seniors advocate COTA Australia.
Taxation, superannuation and pensions need comprehensive review
2/4/2015 - Leading seniors advocates COTA Australia said the fresh debate on superannuation, taxation, the seniors supplement and the age pension point to the need for a comprehensive review of Australia’s retirement income system.
Welcome Tax Discussion Needs A Tandem Review Of Retirement Incomes
30/3/2015 - Older Australians will welcome a discussion about Australia’s taxation system which feeds into an independent retirement incomes review to ensure an equitable, sustainable and stable tax and income security system for all retirees.
Further sign of flexibility on pension changes welcome but still need broader review of retirement incomes
29/3/2015 - Comments on the age pension made by Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, in an interview with Sky News Australian Agenda this morning, have been welcomed by Australia's peak body for all older Australians.
Changed unclaimed money rules a relief for older Australians
18/3/2015 - Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia has today welcomed the Federal Government’s increasing of the time that bank accounts can be inactive from three years to seven years.
First sign of flexibility on pension cuts welcome but broader review should be the focus
14/3/2015 - The suggestion that reduced pension indexation be compensated for by an independent review of pensions every three years is an encouraging sign that the Federal government is finally prepared to negotiate on its unfair proposal to change pension indexation, said leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today.
Intergenerational report heralds the ‘age of the senior’
5/3/2015 - The release of the Intergenerational Report today confirms the government’s continued intention to cut the age pension, highlights the need for more focus on combatting age discrimination and having a more dynamic workforce participation policy, and reaffirms the need for a comprehensive retirement incomes review, said leading seniors advocate COTA Australia.
Greater Attention To Quality In Aged Care Welcome
23/2/2015 - Leading seniors advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the announcement by Minister Fifield of the establishment of the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council to ensure the government gets advice from a range of expert voices in the provision of quality services to people in aged care.
Older Australians Welcome Lower Deeming Rates – But It’s Not A Pension Increase
16/2/2015 - Leading seniors' advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the Federal government's announcement that it will lower deeming rates on investments held by part pensioners.
Commitment to a community for all ages welcomed
10/2/2015 - Leading seniors advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the South Australian Government’s announcement that SA will be the state that promotes independence and new roles for older people.
Support for people with severe dementia related behaviours in aged care welcomed
4/2/2015 - Leading seniors advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the announcement by Minister Mitch Fifield of measures to support people with dementia experiencing severe challenging behaviours in residential aged care.
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