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
COTA acknowledges the Bill’s $25 per week increase to the JobSeeker and other working age payments as the first real term increase in 26 years, but $25 is not enough to prevent job seekers, including tens of thousands of older Australians, falling into poverty.
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 is generally supportive of the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report released in early 2019 and the general intentions behind the proposed Your Future, Your Super package. However, we have concerns about some important details in this package.