Making Queensland Age-Friendly
2017 COTA Queensland State Election Priorities
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is the peak body for Queensland seniors, advancing the rights, needs and futures of older Queenslanders since 1957.
COTA Queensland aims to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. These principles are consistent with the World Health Organisation (WHO) age-friendly communities approach.
COTA Queensland celebrated our 60th … Read the rest
posted on 13th Nov 2017
The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...
posted on 24th Oct 2017
Join in Anti-Poverty Week 15 – 21 October 2017
Anti-Poverty Week in 2017 starts on Sunday 15 October and ends on Saturday 21 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is 17 October.
The Week focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia. Its main aims are to
- strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
- encourage research, discussion and
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posted on 22nd Sep 2017
As of 1 September, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has banned excessive surcharges on customers making payments using a credit, debit or prepaid credit card.
When you pay a business using these types of payments the businesses incur a cost to process your payment. Some businesses include these prices into the cost of the product or service. Others pass the surcharge cost along to you.
Businesses are not required to impose a surcharge but if they do … Read the rest
posted on 11th Sep 2017
Energy is a significant cost for many households and small businesses and recent price increases have added to these costs.
It’s not welcome news but there are things you can do to lessen the impact of those price rises. If you haven’t switched energy providers in some time, or if you are still on a standing offer, chances are you are paying more for electricity or gas than you need to. There are lower price energy plans available and the … Read the rest
posted on 4th Sep 2017
Making small changes to your electricity usage can help reduce your electricity bill and it is good for the environment too. ...
posted on 8th May 2017
The laws around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in Southeast Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity. This could bring changes to the way electricity is charged on existing contracts however, this competitive pricing also brings new opportunities to reduce energy bills.
To help understand these changes, COTA Queensland is hosting three public sessions on the Gold Coast
At this interactive, hour long session, participants will be provided with information to:
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posted on 7th Mar 2017
Vulnerable electricity consumers in South-East Queensland now have access to a range of assistance programs to help them to shop around and save on their electricity bill thanks to funding from electricity retailer AGL.
Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said that as part of the transition to a deregulated retail electricity price market in South-East Queensland, electricity retailer AGL has provided $500,000 of funding through its Switched On Communities program to eight organisations, including COTA Queensland, to support vulnerable … Read the rest
posted on 12th Oct 2016
Queensland couples who rely on the age pension and rent in the private market are at the greatest risk of living in poverty compared to other seniors, according to the Queensland Council of Social Service’s (QCOSS) latest Cost of Living Report.
QCOSS’ fourth Cost of Living Report – Special Edition: The cost of living and age pensioner households was released today as part of the Queensland Government’s Seniors Week, and draws attention to one of the biggest issues facing … Read the rest
posted on 12th Oct 2016
Source: Australian Energy Regulator (AER)
Do you need the power on all the time for medical equipment?
Your power can go out unexpectedly…you need to be ready and have a plan
Registering as a life support customer with your energy company is important. It means that if they are planning to cut off the power for works or some other reason, they will tell you before it happens so you can make other arrangements to power your equipment until the … Read the rest
posted on 7th Jun 2016