COTA Australia adheres to five primary policy principles:
Maximise the economic, social and political participation of older Australians and challenge ageism.
COTA Australia supports policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the inclusion of seniors in all aspects of Australian life.
Promote positive views of ageing, reject ageism and challenge negative stereotypes.
COTA Australia supports initiatives that recognise the capacities and contributions of seniors and actively combat ageism.
Promote interdependence and consciousness across generations.
COTA Australia promotes policies that meet the specific requirements of seniors whilst taking account of the needs of the entire community for sound economic and social development.
Redress disadvantage and discrimination.
COTA Australia believes that all people have the right to dignity, to security, to access high quality services, and to equality in participation in the community regardless of their income, status, background, location or any other social or economic factor.
Protect and extend services and programs that are used and valued by older people living in Australia.
COTA Australia develops policies and provides advice on maintaining and improving services and programs that seniors use and value. These include primary health care, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, employment services, utilities, public transport, residential care, housing and community care.