COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide comment and input to the Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payment in Australia.
The issues identified in this submission impact many older Australians and the measures outlined here to address these issues have the potential to improve the lives of a large and growing proportion of Australians.
The 2018/19 Federal Budget contains a large number of important measures to improve the lives of older Australians, which jointly constitute a significant, positive step towards better preparing Australia for our ageing population of the future.
August 2017 - Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017, now before the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee. COTA Australia is addressing only the provisions relating to changes to the Activity Test for older jobseekers receiving Newstart Allowance