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 argues that, to improve the financing of aged care, there should be increased user contributions if they are fair, equitable and transparent. However, user contributions should not be a replacement for greater government investment.