Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW has launched its 2019 Policy Platform - Now is the time, outlining key priorities for programs and services for people over the age of 50 in NSW in the lead up to the next state election.
Now is the time outlines a number of recommendations in the five priority areas of the NSW Ageing Strategy: health, employment, housing, transport, and social inclusion.
COTA NSW CEO Meagan Lawson said that the policy platform provides clear expectations in the lead-up to the 2019 state election.
“Older people are almost 30% of the total population in NSW, so listening to their perspective is vital,” said Lawson.
“From our consultations, we know that older people value their independence, and want opportunities to continue to be engaged in their communities. The actions we’re calling for from government would help older people to do that,” Lawson said.
Key policy points include:
The platform was informed by the recent COTA NSW 2018 Engagement Report.Over 300 consumers were included in 18 sessions, and represented 51% of NSW state electorates. They form part of COTA’s larger engagement with older people, including a survey of over 7,500 people on housing issues and a recent national survey.
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