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19 March

No change to minimum welfare payments

"An article in News Ltd papers today, citing a departmental document, in regard to minimum payments in the welfare system, is wrong," Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said today.

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14 March

COTA Australia Federal Budget 2017-18 pre-budget position statement

COTA continues its call for current and future governments to take a long-term, strategic, integrated policy approach to population ageing, and a fair, equitable and productive policy approach towards current and future cohorts of older Australians. In the forthcoming Budget and those in coming years COTA Australia will target the issues and government responses that we consider will deliver the greatest wellbeing to older people over the long term and contribute to a stronger nation overall.

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08 March

Response to the Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse Inquiry

COTA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) Elder Abuse Discussion Paper 83. The Commission's Inquiry into Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse is a critically important initiative. We believe that the Inquiry will lay the ground for and give greater impetus to an overdue national response to law reform, service delivery and cultural change to protect older people from elder abuse.

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07 March

Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Superannuation Guarantee Non-Payment

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a brief contribution to this Senate Inquiry, given the essential role of the superannuation system in the economic wellbeing of current and future cohorts of older Australians.

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01 March

Submission to Productivity Commission - Inquiry into introducing competition and informed user choice into Human Services: Part 2

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this Productivity Commission Inquiry, given the essential role of Human Services in the lives of older Australians.

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27 February

Home care services for older Australians enter new era

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.

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25 January

Older Australians congratulate Sister Anne Gardiner, Senior Australian of the Year, all senior nominees, and our Australian of the Year

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.

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24 January

Older Australians launch campaign to reverse mental health discrimination in aged care

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.

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23 January

Sign the Petition: Nursing Home Residents Deserve Better Access to Mental Health Care

Our frailest older Australians deserve the best care on offer. Over 170,000 older Australians living in residential aged care are ineligible to access mental health services when they need them. Why? Because they can not access Medicare-funded treatment available to the rest of the community through the Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

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16 January

Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Standing Committee Inquiry into Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Inquiry into Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 currently under consideration by the Committee. Superannuation law and regulations are of great interest and importance to COTA Australia's constituency of current and future older Australians.

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