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Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have taken a leading role in pursuing reforms to enduring document arrangements. A mandatory national registration scheme for enduring powers of attorney relating to financial matters has been proposed as one way to reduce the financial abuse of older Australians.  Attorneys-General from each Australian jurisdiction have agreed to consult on…

Read More Public consultation for a National Register of Enduring Powers of Attorney

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Older Australians will benefit from several measures in the Federal Budget aimed at increasing workforce participation and fixing retirement incomes, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia says, but support for vulnerable groups like renters is still missing and long-term solutions are needed to ensure vulnerable Australians are adequately supported. This is a Council on the Ageing…

Read More Older Australians to benefit from Budget’s employment and super reforms; consultation needed on support payments, retirement income

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The Code Review Panel for the Retirement Living Code has published its inaugural Annual Report. The report confirms that in Australia today, more than 46% of retirement village residents are living in a Code Compliant community. The Code Review Panel comprises Dr Elizabeth Lanyon (Independent Chair of the Code Review Panel), Peter Nilsson (Operator Representative),…

Read More Retirement Living Code of Conduct – Annual Report

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Consumers’ Federation of Australia is excited to have become a member of the EveryAGE Counts national coalition to end ageism. We are now a proud member of this diverse and growing coalition of organisations and individuals committed to achieving this important shift in the way we understand and experience growing older. By joining the coalition,…

Read More CFA joins the EveryAGE Counts national coalition to end ageism

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Ladders are used in most households for a range of jobs from DIY to changing lightbulbs; however, if the ladder is not in good condition or is used unsafely, falls can occur and cause fractured limbs, spinal cord damage, severe brain injury or death.  Standards Australia has just published a revised standard AS 1895.2:2020 Portable ladders which provides minimum requirements…

Read More Safe ladder use and Australian Standards

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The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19. Click here to download the Code. The Code, a suggestion of…

Read More Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19

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Australian Banking Association says Australian banks will issue a record number of debit cards (Mastercard or VISA debit) to customers who don’t have them and who may be self-isolating to make sure they can continue to pay for their goods and services online or over the phone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently there are over…

Read More Record issuance of debit cards to help isolated or vulnerable customers

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Peak older persons advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed the Royal Commission into aged care for the spotlight it will throw on the challenges facing aged care over the next two decades, but warned it must not delay significant reforms now underway and in the wings to improve safety and quality standards for the 1.3 million…

Read More COTA welcomes Royal Commission into aged care but warns against delaying reforms

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The Turnbull Government has announced significant reforms that aim to give senior Australians and their families confidence they will be properly cared for. A new national independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will also be established to increase transparency through a publicly available rating against quality standards. The establishment of the Commission is in…

Read More COTA welcomes Aged Care reforms

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Joint media release from Consumer Action, COTA, HHAG and RRVV: After six months of waiting, the Victorian Government has responded to the Inquiry into the Retirement Housing Sector, conducted by the Victorian Legislative Council.   The Victorian Government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry has failed to deliver, according to retirement housing residents and advocates. Despite nearly…

Read More Response to Retirement Housing Inquiry fails to provide access to justice

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Click here to see the original press release from Macquarie University, and here to jump straight to the calculator. The challenges of comparing the cost of retirement villages will get much easier with today’s launch of Macquarie University’s retirement village calculator, the first of its kind in Australia. The free calculator, available at www.rvcalculator.org takes…

Read More Macquarie University Launches New Retirement Villages Calculator