COTA Australia welcomed the establishment of the Senate Select Committee on Job Security and appreciates the opportunity to present this submission, with a specific focus on mature age and older workers
Older Australians need a comprehensive plan from the Australian Government, demonstrating that all areas of Government are thinking and acting in a coordinated fashion to improve the lives of mature age and older Australians.
COTA Australia commends the delivery of stimulus measures designed to incentivise employment. COTA Australia does wish to express a number of concerns. No older workers should be displaced due to JobMaker. Wait times and the rate of JobMaker eligibility should be reconsidered.
In the COVID-19 response Budget in October, we urge the Federal Government to prioritise the following areas:
Pensions and Income Support
Future Retirement Income Policy
Aged Care Reform
Employment of older Australians
A whole-of-Government approach to an Ageing Australia
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.