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 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.
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.
Submission In Response To The Tax Discussion Paper
June 2015 - In this submission COTA proposes a number of principles to underpin the tax system in general and in regard to taxation of savings in particular; and identifies some aspects of the tax system that have the greatest impact on Australians in older age.
Submission To The Inquiry Into Scrutiny Of Financial Advice Into Last Resort Compensation Scheme
May 2015 - The terms of reference for this inquiry include consideration of “whether existing mechanisms are appropriate in any compensation process relating to unethical or misleading financial advice and instances where these mechanisms may have failed”. It is our view that the fact there is significant uncompensated loss incurred by investors demonstrates that existing mechanisms have failed, and there is an urgent need to establish a last resort compensation scheme for consumers who sustain uncompensated losses in the finance sector.
A secure, liveable income for all older Australians
April 2015 - There is an urgent need for an informed, evidence based national review of income security for older Australians. It must be commissioned by Government but led by independent experts, be comprehensive in scope, and draw on the best policy and economic evidence, expertise and imagination available and actively involve all significant stakeholders.