News feed: Action

The crushing reality of reform: a consumer perspective

 

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland conducted a detailed situation
analysis late 2018, examining consumers’ experiences of the disability
reforms and their perspectives. COTA Queensland’s focus is the impact of
the disability reforms on people navigating their care and support options
as they age. A literature review, interviews, and monitoring of community
platforms and service provider forums informed the work. This position
paper is based on the outcomes of that analysis.

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Projects to help make Queensland age-friendly receive funding

 

Eighteen age-friendly projects, ranging from active ageing programs to music and arts projects, will share in $1 million funding under the third round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program.

To find out more about the grants, including a full list of recipients, visit:  www.qld.gov.au/agefriendlygrants.

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Telling your story to the Royal Commission 

A new toolkit has been launched to help culturally and linguistically diverse aged care consumers tell their stories in any language to the aged care royal commission. The toolkit has been developed by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health. It has been written in plain English and includes an information booklet, conversation cards and an additional form to submit to the royal commission. Read more here.

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Planning for Wellbeing – opportunity for consumers and carers

COTA Queensland is offering consumers and carers with a lived experience of mental illness the opportunity to participate in an action group to improve health outcomes for older people in Brisbane North.

Brisbane North PHN has engaged COTA Queensland to work with people across the Brisbane North region, with an interest and expertise in mental health. A range of stakeholders will be brought together in an action group to progress Planning for Wellbeing — the regional plan for Brisbane North … Read the rest

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Energy efficiency – a major win for consumers

 

At the Building Minister’s Forum, held 18 July in Sydney, to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector.

Ministers agreed to the development of enhanced energy efficiency provisions for residential buildings in the National Construction Code, informed by the COAG Energy Council’s trajectory for low energy buildings. The Australian Building Codes Board will shortly release a paper for public consultation on options for implementing these provisions in the NCC.

Read the communique here www.industry.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-07/bmf-communique-18-july-2019.pdf

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Smart Ticketing

COTA Queensland is a member of the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Accessibility Reference Group. TMR has started the process of replacing the existing go-card system with a new ‘smart ticketing’ solution.

The TransLink Ticketing Project team invited members of the TMR Accessibility Reference Group  to participate in a one-on-one sessions to review and provide feedback on the preliminary designs of one component of the new ticketing infrastructure, i.e., the ticket validators.

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Your Voice Matters

 

When we create communities with older people at the center, we create liveable communities for everyone. We need to build communities that support people to age well, and the community has to be involved in leading that change. No one knows their community better than the folk who live in it.

Too often we have heard that people feel invisible and they’re not being seen or heard. COTA Queensland staff have been traveling around the state hosting a series of … Read the rest

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Queensland Housing Strategy Action Plan 2017-2020

On Thursday 25 July 2019, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport, held a special meeting of the Ministerial Housing Council (the Council) to discuss the evaluation of the Queensland Housing Strategy Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) and next steps.

Read the communique here
www.hpw.qld.gov.au/aboutus/ReportsPublications/Pages/CommuniquesMinisterMeetings.aspx

COTA Queensland welcomes contact with people with lived experience or expertise to contact us to inform our advocacy on the Queensland Housing … Read the rest

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Human Rights Act Implementation

On 27 February 2019, the Queensland Government passed Queensland’s Human Rights Act. The Government is now proceeding with the implementation of the Human Rights Act.  The Act is expected to commence on 1 January 2020. The Department of Justice and Attorney General has established a Human Rights Unit, which will be primarily responsible for ensuring that government agencies understand their obligations under the Act.

As of July 1, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission. … Read the rest

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Have your say on developments in your community

Consultation is currently open to inform proposed new compulsory standards for the design of new residential developments in Queensland. Consultation is open until 1 September 2019.

To find out more and to have your say visit qld.gov.au/healthycommunities.

To view the new model code go to planning.dsdmip.qld.gov.au/planning/better-planning/state-planning 

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