January has been a busy month in the policy space, with submissions to Victorian inquiries into homelessness and road safety, as well as a submission on the Australian Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill 2019.
Unfair contracts, exit fees and standards are among the problems COTA Victoria wants addressed through the long-awaited review of the Victorian Retirement Villages Act. We believe the Act is no longer fit for purpose and requires an overhaul to meet the needs and expectations of ageing Victorians.
Despite welcome improvements in renter safety, affordability and rights, it is disappointing that Victoria’s draft residential tenancy regulations set no minimum energy efficiency standards to improve the liveability of rental properties and renter health.
COTA Australia has congratulated the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on its “Interim Report: Neglect”, which has recognised not only the neglect of older people within the aged care system, but also the neglect of successive Governments in implementing earlier recommendations.
Our Community Engagement and Advocacy Officer, Amanda Kunkler, recently shared a range of consumer views at the National Ageing Research Institute Summit. The discussion focussed on what makes good aged care, now and into the future.
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