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National Policy Council
National Policy Council

National Policy Council

Each of the eight member organisations of COTA Australia nominates one elected member as its representative to the National Policy Council (NPC).  

Current NPC members are:

  • Peter Howells, Chair
  • Rick Lord (ACT)
  • Sara Graham (NSW)
  • Jan Jewell (NT)
  • Margaret Sugden (Queensland)
  • Anne Burgess (SA)
  • Fran Thompson (Tasmania)
  • Cathy Mead (Victoria)
  • Bettine Heathcote AM (WA)

Under the Constitution, the Chair of the NPC is a member of the COTA Australia Board. 

The objectives of the National Policy Council are to:

  • Identify issues for policy focus 
  • Prioritise and research issues and responses
  • Determine policies based on member input, research and dialogue
  • Provide leadership and expertise on ageing issues
  • Determine main strategies for developing and advancing the policy agenda

The National Policy Council holds two meetings per year where it frequently hosts a high profile guest speaker. In November 2013 we were pleased to have the opportunity to hear from and provide feedback to the Hon Senator Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services with responsibility for Ageing and Disability. In the past the Council has hosted the Hon Susan Ryan AO, Aged Discrimination Commissioner; the Hon Mark Butler MP as Minister for Ageing and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells as Shadow Minister for Aged Care.

The National Policy Council leads the development of the National Policy Forum, a high level annual event that explores the opportunities and challenges that face older Australians as they seek to participate in our community.

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