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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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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.
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.
Submission to Productivity Commission - Inquiry into introducing competition and informed user choice into Human Services: Part 2
February 2017 - 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.
Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Standing Committee Inquiry into Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016
December 2016 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the above Bill 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.
Submission to the 2016 Aged Care Legislated Review
December 2016 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the 2016 Aged Care Legislated Review. We note our appreciation to the numerous staff across the COTA Federation who have contributed to this submission. Additionally, throughout our submission we have included quotes from consumers who participated in our Consumer Engagement in Aged Care project in 2016.
A draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new carer support service system
December 2016 - COTA Australia's brief submission to the consultation regarding ‘A draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new carer support service system’. In addition to our endorsement of the Carers Australia submission, COTA Australia would like to provide the following additional comments.
Submission to Community Visitors Scheme Review
December 2016 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Review of the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS). The CVS has been a successful program that has evolved to the changing needs of aged care clients. In recent years CVS has trialled group visits in homes, introduced visits within the community for socially isolated people eligible for Home Care packages and improved services for diverse populations. While COTA has identified isolated issues with the CVS program in residential care, on the whole it would appear this long standing service continues to operate efficiently and effectively in residential care.
Submission on the draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework
October 2016 - COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Consultation on the draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework (Framework). Along with a range of other consumer supports individual advocacy services delivered under the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) are a critical component of ensuring consumers are aware of and exercise their rights and responsibilities under various Commonwealth funded aged care services.
Federal Budget 2016 Positioning Statement
March 2016 - This year COTA Australia did not submit a detailed Pre-Budget Submission. Our experience is that "set piece" submissions have limited value in impacting on policy formulation for federal budgets in today's political, bureaucratic, economic and digital environment.
Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015
January 2015 - In its post Budget analysis of the 2015 Federal Budget COTA Australia indicated its opposition to the measure set out in Schedule 1 of this Bill to Reduce Portability of Pensions Outside of Australia.
National Willing to Work Inquiry Into Employment Discrimination
December 2015 - COTA congratulates the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner for conducting the Willing to Work Inquiry. We welcome the opportunity to contribute our views on this important issue.
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