MEDIA RELEASE: COTA welcomes Retirement Incomes Review, which promises a holistic approach to create a fairer, better sustainable system

27 September 2019
COTA Australia has welcomed the announcement of an independent Retirement Incomes Review, which promises a thorough examination of the current policy framework in terms of the outcomes it produces for all retirees and the long-term sustainability of the system.

MEDIA RELEASE: First reduction in Home Care wait lists is good news but waiting times remain totally unacceptable and action is essential

18 September 2019
COTA Australia welcomed the first ever reduction in numbers of people waiting for Home Care Packages (HCP) but said there are still far too many older Australians waiting more than 18 months for care, while around 43 per day die while waiting.

MEDIA RELEASE: Comprehensive approach needed to address housing stress as mortgage debt and housing stress jumps among older Australians

27 August 2019
Figures released today showing the growing level of mortgage debt and housing stress among older Australians shows its time for a concerted national focus on housing reform and retirement incomes, the leading consumer advocate for older Australians said today.

MEDIA RELEASE: COTA welcomes Government timeframe for legislating recommendations of banking Royal Commission

19 August 2019
COTA Australia has welcomed the Morrison Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Hayne Royal Commission on misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry. The Government will address all recommendations requiring legislation by the end of 2020.

MEDIA RELEASE: Doctors and aged care staff must stop improper use of antipsychotic and psychotropic drugs to restrain residents

24 July 2019
COTA Australia is demanding both doctors and aged care staff stop the widespread abuse of nursing home residents, who are among our most vulnerable citizens, after yet another study, revealed one in three aged care residents is chemically restrained through antipsychotic and psychotropic drugs.

MEDIA RELEASE: Welcome relief on pension deeming rates – Council on the Ageing will continue discussions with government on improving the process in future

15 July 2019
Australia’s peak body and leading advocate for older Australians, COTA Australia, said today’s announcement of a reduction in deeming rates used for the age pension income test will be welcome news for over 600,000 part-rate age pensioners.

MEDIA RELEASE: National Aged Care Alliance commends Labor for indicating its aged care priorities, calls on the Government to announce its plans

14 May 2019
The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), a coalition of 52 national organisations in aged care, commends Labor for committing to invest in the aged care workforce, however is disappointed by the lack of real and decisive action by both major parties to get aged care right for everyone.  

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: Anglicare’s rental snapshot paints stark picture of housing affordability for pensioners

29 April 2019
Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot released today reveals aged pensioners are among those most vulnerable to rental housing stress in Australia, with rental housing affordability for people on the aged pension dropping to a six-year low.