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 strong and outspoken advocate on behalf of older Australians and those supporting their interests.
Since the Productivity Commission’s 2011 Report, ‘Caring for older Australians’, COTA has been actively engaged in advocacy for the various aged care reforms occurring across government funded aged care. COTA supported the ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ suite of reforms in 2012 by the then Labor Government. The process of reform has since been continued by the Abbott and Turnbull Governments, including the process of giving consumers more say about their choice of aged care provider and mix of services.
COTA continues to advocate strongly for improvements across aged care including by providing consumers with more choice in residential care, increased support to understand and navigate the aged care system, increased transparency about fees and charges and improved quality of aged care services.
COTA represents older Australians on a number of government advisory bodies including the Aged Care Sector Committee, the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce, Chair of My Aged Care’s Gateway Advisory Group, member of the Aged Care Quality Agency’s Liaison Group and various other advisory groups on the elements of reforms underway from time to time.