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Our Submissions

Our Submissions

One of the key ways COTA can advocate for change is through putting in submissions to inquiries, consultative processes and providing comments on policy ideas coming from Government and other stakeholders.

The National Policy Office is responsible for all submissions on national policy issues and continues to be active in this area of our work.

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Brief Comment To The Australia Energy Regulator (AER) Customer Price Information Issues Paper
November 2017 - COTA welcomes the opportunity to provide a brief comment to the Australia Energy Regulator (AER) Customer Price Information Issues Paper dated September 2017.
Brief Submission To The AEMC Consultation Paper On National Energy Retail Amendment (Notification Of The End Of A Fixed Benefit Period)
October 2017 - COTA welcomes the opportunity to provide a brief comment to the AEMC consultation paper on National Energy Retail Amendment (Notification of the end of a fixed benefit period) Rule 2017 (Reference RRC0010) dated 12 September 2017.
Submission To The Senate Standing Committee On Finance And Public Administration Inquiry Into The Digital Delivery Of Government Services
October 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide brief comments to the Senate Inquiry into the digital delivery of government services.
Submission to the Law Council of Australia - The Justice Project Consultation
October 2017 - COTA Australia congratulates the Law Council of Australia for undertaking this important project into impediments facing disadvantaged Australians in access to justice. Although COTA does not specialise in legal matters, we are pleased to provide brief comments from our standpoint as a peak organisation representing the interests and rights of older Australians.
Submission To DOH On Private Patients In Public Hospitals
September 2017 - Older Australians remain strong subscribers of PHI (with 52.6% of people over the age of 65 retaining coverage)1 despite generally much lower incomes and greater difficulty meeting premiums and out-of-pocket costs after retirement.
Submission To The Department Of Health Discussion Paper: Future Reform – An Integrated Care At Home Program To Support Older People
August 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment of the Department of Health Discussion Paper "Future Reform - an integrated care at home program to support older people".
Submission To The Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry Into The Value And Affordability Of Private Health Insurance And Out-Of-Pocket Costs
August 2017 - COTA Australia appreciates the opportunity to provide brief comments to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry into the Value and Affordability of Private Health Insurance and Out-of-Pocket Costs.
Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017
August 2017 - Thank you for the opportunity to provide a brief comment on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017, now before the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee. While the Bill contains many important issues, COTA Australia is addressing only the provisions relating to changes to the Activity Test for older jobseekers receiving Newstart Allowance.
Brief Submission To The AER Consultation Process On Access To Dispute Resolution Services For Exempt Customers
July 2017 - Dear Ms Proudfoot Thank you for the opportunity to provide a brief comment to the AER consultation process on access to dispute resolution services for exempt customers under the National Energy Law (Retail Law).
Submission to the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes
July 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide written comments to the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes (the Review) led by Ms Kate Carnell AO in conjunction with Professor Ron Paterson ONZM.
Comment On The Draft Report On Reforms To Human Services
July 2017 - Older Australians are proportionately large users of human services and changes to these markets will impact significantly on them, positively or negatively. The six service areas identified in the Draft Report as appropriate for greater competition and contestability are essential to the wellbeing and quality of life of older Australians, and therefore are of importance to COTA.
Brief Comment On The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017, Now Before The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.
July 2017 - COTA opposes the Bill before the Committee, just as we opposed the proposal when it was announced as a 2016 Budget Measure, because removing access to the very modest Energy Supplement for new income support recipients and pensioners will impact negatively and inequitably on those least able to bear it, including a significant group of older people.
Submission to the MBS Review Taskforce re the Preliminary Report on Urgent after-hours primary care services funded through the MBS
July 2017 - Older Australians are significant users of after-hours primary care in their homes and in residential aged care facilities, and therefore the conclusions and recommendations of the preliminary report are of particular interest to COTA.
Submission to The Treasury on Development Of The Framework For Comprehensive Income Products For Retirement (CIPRs)
June 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Treasury consultation on Development of the Framework for Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs).
Submission to National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds Review May
May 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds (CALD Strategy) Review.
Submission to National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Review
May 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy (LGBTI Strategy) Review.
Submission to the Department of Health on the Draft Aged Care Quality Standards and Options for Assessing Performance against Aged Care Quality Standards
April 2017 - COTA Australia welcomes the consolidation of the current four sets of standards for aged care services into a single set of standards for organisations providing aged care services and supports the streamlining of the quality assessment process. It acknowledges the considerable work that has been undertaken to develop simple, relevant, meaningful and measurable standards that will drive continuous improvement in aged care, and to develop options for proportional, risk-based assessment of performance against quality standards.
COTA Australia Federal Budget 2017-18 Pre-Budget Position Statement
February 2017 - 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.
Response to the Protecting the Rights of Older Australians from Abuse Inquiry
March 2017 - 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.
Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into Superannuation Guarantee Non-Payment
March 2017 - 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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