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Council on the Ageing NSW COTA NSW is the peak organisation for people over 50 in New South Wales

We are the leading advocate for older people in NSW. We work with government and the private sector to bring about a fairer NSW, where everyone gets to participate equally in our community. We’re also a leading source of accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on a wide range of topics that matter to people aged 50-plus.

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Battling Myths – Australian retirees found to be modest spenders, regardless of income

Battling Myths – Australian retirees found to be modest spenders, regardless of income

Posted 23-Aug-2016

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New research into the spending of Australian retirees has revealed that most retirees have only modest spending rates, regardless of their level of income.

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Planning Ahead –who would you want to make decisions on your behalf?

Planning Ahead –who would you want to make decisions on your behalf?

Posted 04-Aug-2016

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We take it for granted that we can make our own decisions about a range of issues, large and small, that affect our lives. But for many of us some decisions will be made for us later in life via a legal document. Planning ahead is an easy way for us to ensure that later in life the big decisions are made the way would wish.

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Revolutionary suicide prevention program announced for NSW

Revolutionary suicide prevention program announced for NSW

Posted 04-Aug-2016

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The Mental Health Commission of NSW has today announced Australia’s largest integrated suicide prevention program, expected to reduce suicides deaths by 20% and suicide attempts by 30%.

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Be Counted - Census 2016

Be Counted - Census 2016

Posted 01-Aug-2016

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The Australian Census will take place on August 9th, so it's important that you know how to take part.

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Come along to a free peer education session

Come along to a free peer education session

Posted 27-Jul-2016

Event Date 18-Aug-2016 to 15-Nov-2016

COTA NSW is inviting you to take part in a series of free Peer Education sessions to help you to better understand how you can access care via Home Care Packages. The sessions will run on select dates up until November and are open to individuals.

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COTA Australia 2016 National Policy Forum

COTA Australia 2016 National Policy Forum

Posted 12-Jul-2016

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Join us at the COTA Australia National Policy Forum as speakers from across the country, including Senior Australian of the year Gordian Fulde, explore the future of primary health care for older Australians.

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Paper tickets will no be longer accepted on NSW transport from August

Paper tickets will no be longer accepted on NSW transport from August

Posted 04-Jul-2016

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As of 1 August 2016 paper tickets -including the Pensioner Excursion Ticket (PETs) - will no longer be accepted sold or accepted for travel within the Opal network.

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Federal Budget lacking a plan to fight social isolation

Federal Budget lacking a plan to fight social isolation

Posted 01-Jul-2016

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Ian Day, CEO of COTA NSW explains why expenditure on initiatives to address social isolation among older people is an area in which Australia is falling behind.

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EOFY: Last chance to donate before the end of the financial year.

EOFY: Last chance to donate before the end of the financial year.

Posted 16-Jun-2016

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Since 1956 COTA NSW has made a significant difference to older people's lives, launching some of the state's most important initiatives for older people. Help us to continue advocating on behalf of older people by donating to COTA NSW before the end of the financial year on 30 June.

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Acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Acknowledging World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted 15-Jun-2016

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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day when people around the world pause to acknowledge the fact that older people continue to be susceptible to particular forms of abuse and to rally in support of change.

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Big issues confront older voters in the Federal election

Big issues confront older voters in the Federal election

Posted 14-Jun-2016

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The COTA Australia 2016 Federal Election Statement has called on all parties to better address the five key areas of health, aged care, retirement incomes, employment, and housing in their election policies.

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Key Findings COTA 2016 Election Survey - Health care & retirement income key concerns

Key Findings COTA 2016 Election Survey - Health care & retirement income key concerns

Posted 14-Jun-2016

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The results of the 2016 Election Panel survey, released today by COTA Australia, have identified the key concern for older voters this election to be access to quality health care and revealed a startling lack of faith amongst older Australians in the current system of retirement incomes.

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NSW Ageing Alliance identifies the 5 areas of key concern in the upcoming federal election

NSW Ageing Alliance identifies the 5 areas of key concern in the upcoming federal election

Posted 10-Jun-2016

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In the lead up to the Federal Election, the NSW Ageing Alliance, of which COTA NSW is a member, is calling on all parties to commit to action on five key issues.

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2016 Consumer Survey - Your chance to win an iPad!

2016 Consumer Survey - Your chance to win an iPad!

Posted 01-Jun-2016

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We want to hear from you about the issues that matter to you. That’s why each year we conduct a Consumer Survey to help us to better represent you. Complete this year's survey to go into the draw for an iPad!

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COTA NSW Home Options Information Service the best bet for people affected by forthcoming changes to strata title

COTA NSW Home Options Information Service the best bet for people affected by forthcoming changes to strata title

Posted 31-May-2016

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In the last few days, the Government concluded public consultations on the draft regulations relating to strata title, sparking a new round of comment about how the laws will affect vulnerable people once they come into effect and sales of strata titled apartment blocks accelerate.

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COTA NSW excited by North Coast Housing Forum

COTA NSW excited by North Coast Housing Forum

Posted 25-May-2016

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A recent North Coast Housing Forum has explored some of the knottiest issues facing our community and highlighted the pressing need to make it easier for older people to access information about their housing choices.

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Gold Opal Card safe from fare increase

Gold Opal Card safe from fare increase

Posted 18-May-2016

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COTA NSW welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance that there will be no increase to set fares for Gold Opal card customers this year.

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New Age Discrimination Commissioner appointed

New Age Discrimination Commissioner appointed

Posted 06-May-2016

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COTA NSW welcomes the appointment of the new, full time Age Discrimination Commissioner.

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2016 Federal Budget brings welcome reforms and missed opportunities

2016 Federal Budget brings welcome reforms and missed opportunities

Posted 04-May-2016

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The 2016 Federal budget announced last night has included wins and losses for older Australians, with reform for superannuation, but missed opportunities in aged care, housing and mature age employment.

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COTA NSW welcomes the Willing to Work report

COTA NSW welcomes the Willing to Work report

Posted 03-May-2016

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COTA NSW welcomes the release of the report of the Willing to Work Inquiry by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which has highlighting the cost to older Australians and the Australian economy of persisting age discrimination in the workforce.

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Housing affordability crisis is a priority election issue

Housing affordability crisis is a priority election issue

Posted 21-Apr-2016

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Anglicare’s 2016 Rental Affordability Snapshot has shed light on the shocking lack of affordable rental housing options in NSW and drawn to attention the urgent need for all political parties to prioritise housing affordability in their election platforms.

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Invitation to join the COTA 2016 Election Panel

Invitation to join the COTA 2016 Election Panel

Posted 13-Apr-2016

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Time to get involved and make your voice heard this election! The federal election is coming soon and COTA is developing its election priorities. We want your voice to reach the candidates.

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Our NSW Grandparents Day legacy

Our NSW Grandparents Day legacy

Posted 12-Apr-2016

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Over the past four years COTA NSW has had the pleasure of coordinating NSW Grandparents Day and ensuring that communities across the state come together to celebrate the role that grandparents play in our lives. Find out what we've achieved.

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50+ Report: We hear from over 50s across the state.

50+ Report: We hear from over 50s across the state.

Posted 29-Mar-2016

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COTA NSW has now released its latest 50+ Report. We spoke to almost 4000 people aged over 50 across the state about how they move through their communities and how they get their hands on information to inform decision making in their lives.

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Infographic: How over 50s get around

Infographic: How over 50s get around

Posted 29-Mar-2016

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How we get around our neighbourhood has a big impact on how we participate in our community. The latest 50+ Report illuminates the barriers that still plague older people in rural and regional NSW with limited transport options.

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Infographic: Staying connected - How over 50s access information

Infographic: Staying connected - How over 50s access information

Posted 29-Mar-2016

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How do over 50s in NSW get their information? The latest COTA NSW 50+ Report sheds some light on what barriers still exist to over 50s wanting to access information.

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Infographic: The Retirement Gap - Women doing it tough

Infographic: The Retirement Gap - Women doing it tough

Posted 29-Mar-2016

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The latest COTA NSW 50+ Report has highlighted the gender gap that still exists between older men and women in NSW, as women continue to retire later and with less financial security than their male peers.

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Elder Abuse Inquiry continues at State Parliament House

Elder Abuse Inquiry continues at State Parliament House

Posted 23-Feb-2016

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Hearings conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 2 into elder abuse have continued this week, with attention turning to rates of suspected abuse in aged care settings.

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Welcome reform for older survivors of child sexual abuse

Welcome reform for older survivors of child sexual abuse

Posted 17-Feb-2016

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COTA NSW welcomes the State Government’s decision to abolish the time limit for civil claims by survivors of child sexual abuse against their abusers. Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton yesterday introduced legislation to the NSW Parliament which will allow survivors of child abuse to claim for damages regardless of when it occurred.

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New study shows the impact of housing affordability on wellbeing for older Australians

New study shows the impact of housing affordability on wellbeing for older Australians

Posted 12-Feb-2016

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COTA NSW welcomes the recent release of the Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians, an Australia-wide study produced by the Benevolent Society, which highlights the enormous impact that secure and affordable housing has on the wellbeing of older Australians.

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Productivity Commission continues

Productivity Commission continues "quick fix" approach to complex issues of retirement and housing

Posted 01-Dec-2015

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Today’s release of a discussion paper by the Productivity Commission again demonstrates the piecemeal way that policy relating to retirement is being debated. The paper, which suggests that retirees could improve their quality of life if they sold their homes to fund retirement rather than rely on the age pension, fails to look at the raft of issues that older people have to consider, according to COTA NSW CEO Ian Day.

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COTA NSW Tenancy Survey: Results

COTA NSW Tenancy Survey: Results

Posted 25-Nov-2015

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We asked people about their experience of renting in NSW to inform our submission to the NSW State Government. Here's what we found out.

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 Elder Abuse tackled by ABC’s The Drum – view the footage

Elder Abuse tackled by ABC’s The Drum – view the footage

Posted 24-Nov-2015

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Strong media coverage of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse gives us hope that we’ll see action to tackle the problem. View here as COTA NSW CEO Ian Day, who spoke at the Inquiry, appears on ABC's The Drum to discuss the issue.

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Vale Adele Horin

Vale Adele Horin

Posted 24-Nov-2015

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Adele Horin on the weekend. An intelligent, probing and compassionate journalist with a strong interest in social justice, Adele will be sorely missed.

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Media focuses on COTA NSW testimony at Elder Abuse Inquiry

Media focuses on COTA NSW testimony at Elder Abuse Inquiry

Posted 20-Nov-2015

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Today COTA NSW CEO Ian Day gave the opening testimony at the State Government’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Elder Abuse. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, as many as 50,000 people in NSW experience some form elder abuse.

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Changes to strata laws highlight risks of piecemeal housing policies

Changes to strata laws highlight risks of piecemeal housing policies

Posted 29-Oct-2015

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Major changes to strata title came into effect in NSW this week. The successful passage of the Strata Schemes Development Bill means that a strata title apartment block can now be sold to a developer when 75% of owners agree to a sale, as opposed to 100%, as was previously the case.

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NSW is going grey – when will there be a whole-of-government response?

NSW is going grey – when will there be a whole-of-government response?

Posted 01-Oct-2015

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Media outlets today reported that a demographic milestone has now been passed, with a number of communities in NSW having more residents aged over-65 than those aged under-15.

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Global survey says a third of older Australians are living in poverty, with women the most vulnerable

Global survey says a third of older Australians are living in poverty, with women the most vulnerable

Posted 23-Sep-2015

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The Global AgeWatch Index now ranks Australia 17th in the world in terms of older citizens’ well-being. According to the Index, Australia has slipped four places over the last year. Now, Australia sits behind other comparable countries, with most of Western Europe, the United States, Canada and New Zealand, which all occupy places above Australia on the Index. Most alarmingly, the report indicates that 33 per cent of older Australians live in poverty.

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COTA NSW welcomes Inquiry into Elder Abuse in NSW.

COTA NSW welcomes Inquiry into Elder Abuse in NSW.

Posted 04-Sep-2015

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CEO of COTA NSW Ian Day says an Inquiry into Elder Abuse in NSW is required to raise public awareness of the issue and make older people aware of how they can escape abuse.

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Update - Changes to legislation affecting people living in residential parks.

Update - Changes to legislation affecting people living in residential parks.

Posted 18-Aug-2015

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COTA NSW has been taking a keen interest in the NSW State Government's recent changes to legislation affecting people living in residential parks, which will come into effect on 1 November 2015.

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COTA NSW Forum draws attention to older men’s suicide rates

COTA NSW Forum draws attention to older men’s suicide rates

Posted 24-Aug-2015

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The Australian has recently reported on the response of healthcare experts to the upcoming COTA NSW parliamentary forum.

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The suicides we choose to ignore: men aged 85-plus

The suicides we choose to ignore: men aged 85-plus

Posted 14-Jul-2015

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Men aged 85 and over are three times more likely to die by suicide than other groups of Australians, yet this fact is rarely addressed. COTA NSW presents a Parliamentary Forum to consider older men’s suicide and to explore what our mental health care system is doing to address older people’s mental health needs.

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Take our Grandparent Carer Survey

Take our Grandparent Carer Survey

Posted 29-Jul-2015

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Grandparent carers represent the largest group in NSW who are raising children who cannot be raised by their parents. This is a huge undertaking and one that is often poorly understood. If you are a full-time carer of grandchildren living in NSW, we invite you to complete our Grandparent Carer Survey to give a better sense of the demands you face.

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National Policy Council sheds light on what needs to be done into the future

National Policy Council sheds light on what needs to be done into the future

Posted 22-Jul-2015

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This year’s COTA National Policy Council (NPC) was a great success. The State and Territory COTAs, along with COTA Australia, gathered to look at policy and advocacy successes over the last year and engage in detailed discussion of the key issues impacting older Australians into the future, the COTAs have developed a clear vision of the policy and advocacy priorities likely to dominate 2015-16.

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Grandparents’ role rebuilding families overlooked

Grandparents’ role rebuilding families overlooked

Posted 07-Jul-2015

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The NSW education syllabus will be amended to help children better understand domestic violence and to identify, report and protect themselves and others from such abuse. Children who have been the victims of domestic violence, like other highly traumatised and vulnerable children, are often placed into the care of grandparents.

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Gender and Ageing forum - July 2015

Gender and Ageing forum - July 2015

Posted 12-May-2015

Event Date 02-Jul-2015 to 02-Jul-2015

COTA Australia’s National Policy Forum 2015

Gender and ageing

Thursday 2 July 2015
9am-5pm
National Press Club Canberra

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The COTA NSW Home Options Information Service

What are your housing options?

The COTA NSW Home Options Information Service provides information to help people choose the best housing option to serve their needs in later life.

Call for advice on your housing options:

(NSW) 1300 853 082

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