Policy

National Policy ForumsNational Policy Forums

Hosted by the National Policy Council, COTA Australia's Forums are high level strategic events that explore the opportunities and challenges that face older Australians as they seek to participate in our community. National Policy Forum 2018 Older Consumers: Choice, Challenges and Rights in Changing Markets COTA Australia brought together older…
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State of the (Older) NationState of the (Older) Nation

The 'State of the (Older) Nation' research was commissioned by the Federation of nine Councils on the Ageing (COTA) across Australia – including all eight COTA state and territory organisations and COTA Australia – in order to understand the views, life experiences and needs of Australians aged 50+.
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Mature Age EmploymentMature Age Employment

Mature Age employment is defined as employment over the age of 50 years. Many older Australians want to continue to work but find it difficult to get work if they have become made redundant or otherwise become unemployed, often deliberately targeted in redundancy. COTA advocates forcefully removing barriers to a…
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HealthHealth

Health policy consistently ranks within the top three policy issues important to older Australians.
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Digital InclusionDigital Inclusion

Today’s older Australians aged 65years or older only began to be exposed to the internet in middle age as part of its momentum gained in the 1990’s. It is understandable therefore that this generation of older Australians may not be as readily adapted to online processes or new technologies such…
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IncomesIncomes

COTA stands for a fair, secure and adequate standard of living for all older people.   We believe the combination of Age Pension, superannuation and income from private savings (the three ‘pillars of retirement income’) should be sufficient to guarantee at least a modest lifestyle for all retired people.
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Aged Care ReformAged Care Reform

COTA Australia is a very active participant in the ongoing reform of aged care, providing leadership on reform related issues with government, industry stakeholders and older Australians and their families. As a Sponsor member of the National Aged Care Alliance, COTA participates in a number of advisory committees as a…
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Climate ChangeClimate Change

COTA’s position is that all Australian governments should consider climate change issues and policy responses in the context of an ageing population to ensure a safe, secure, equitable and sustainable future. Older people need to be included in all initiatives to ensure that their specific needs are addressed and supports…
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Ageism and DiscriminationAgeism and Discrimination

COTA is opposed to age discrimination in any and all spheres of life. COTA believes all people have the right to dignity, security, access to high quality services and equality in participation in the community regardless of their income, status, background, location or any other social or economic factor. COTA…
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Housing and HomelessnessHousing and Homelessness

COTA recognises the desirability for many senior people of ageing independently, and in place in both their lifelong home and their chosen community. For this to be achievable there needs to be a supply of appropriate and affordable housing which needs a coordinated approach.
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Consumer RightsConsumer Rights

In 2011, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) introduced the Australian Consumer Law, replacing the previous state and territory legislation. The Australian Consumer Law guarantees consumer rights when purchasing goods or services, along with protections around unfair contract terms, unsolicited consumer agreements via door-to-door or telephone sales and a range…
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