MEDIA RELEASE: Older Australians in desperate need of care don’t count in either Leader’s vision for Australia’s future, or even the present, while they die waiting.

9 May 2019
The absence of any mention of aged care in last night’s Leader’s Debate is profoundly offensive to the more than 125,000 older Australians, and the more than 1,000,000 members of their families, waiting for a home care package, many of whom die while waiting.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA Australia commends whole-of-government approach to tackling elder abuse

19 March 2019
COTA Australia, today welcomed the launch by Attorney General Christian Porter of the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians, including the rollout of a new national, elder abuse free call number and a series of national trials of frontline services.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA welcomes Greens recognition that fixing aged care requires a quantum shift in policy and resources

19 March 2019
COTA Australia, today welcomed the Greens’ statement on aged care released today which calls for a human rights approach to aged care policy and major increases in funding for home care and staffing.

MEDIA ALERT: Royal Commission into Aged Care – Transcript and witness statement from Ian Yates, CE of COTA Australia now available

12 February 2019
Chief Executive of COTA Australia, Ian Yates, appeared yesterday as one of the earliest witnesses on the first day of public hearings for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety in Adelaide. The witness statement and transcript from his appearance are now available.

MEDIA RELEASE: 10,000 new home care packages great news – but $320 million funding for residential age care should be tied to staffing

10 February 2019
Leading seniors’ advocacy body, COTA Australia, warmly welcomed the Government’s announcement it will bring forward funding for 10,000 more home care packages, providing support and care to older Australians at home - bringing the total number of additional packages over the last year to 40,000.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA Australia welcomes terms of reference for Royal Commission, but cautions against delays to urgent reforms

9 October 2018
Leading seniors advocacy group, COTA Australia, today welcomed the official establishment of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the development of the Letters Patent (Terms of Reference), but again called on the Government to ensure the Commission will not result in the delay

Submission to the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care on the Aged Care Royal Commission Terms of Reference

30 September 2018, COTA Submissions
COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide suggestions for the development of the Letters Patent (Terms of Reference) for the announced Royal Commission into the Quality and Safety in Aged Care.