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Safer Internet Day 2019

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event will be held on Tuesday 5 February 2019 to help encourage a better internet, with this year’s theme—‘Together for a better internet’ encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four, critical skills. We call these skills the 4Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.

Past supporters Optus, ANZ, nbn and Brumbies Women’s Rugby have already signed up. Join them with your support.

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My Health Record privacy provisions

The Australian Parliament has recently passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. These changes are in response to the Australian community’s calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.

The measures also allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life.

Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person … Read the rest



New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing

Australia’s leading senior’s advocacy organisation COTA Australia has congratulated the government on the launch of its new Life Checks campaign, website and resources, which may potentially provide life checks and information for more than 9 million mid-life and older Australians.

COTA Australia CEO, Ian Yates, said the Life Checks questionnaire and supporting resources are recognition that we need to plan as a nation for a population that is living longer than ever before.

The new Life Checks website includes an … Read the rest



New Queensland Veterans Portal

The Queensland Government has developed a new online portal to assist veterans and their families to find the services they need in Queensland. They are also seeking feedback on the portal from veterans, their families or organisations who work with veterans. To access the portal go to

To provide feedback on the portal go to


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PC Super report highlights need for full retirement incomes review

10 January 2019

Today’s Productivity Commission inquiry final report into Australia’s superannuation system must trigger a comprehensive and independent inquiry into our whole retirement incomes system at the earliest opportunity, the leading senior’s advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, said today.

The report shows that Australia’s super system is not meeting the needs of a growing pool of retirees, costing someone who is 55 today up $79,000 by retirement, and a new job entrant more than $533,000 if they retire … Read the rest



Emergency Planning for Aged Care Services


It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that you are well prepared for any events which may impact your service.

The Australian Department of Health website provides resources that you may wish to consider in your planning.

Volunteering Queensland has released two disaster preparedness tools to help older Queenslanders to start basic disaster … Read the rest



Smart Energy Savings 


It’s sure been a hot one this week.  With the recent heat wave it is important to stay cool without stressing about the electricity bill.

Did you know that a valid concession card could give you access to a $340 electricity rebate?

Phone your electricity retailer to see if you are eligible.

Assistance is also available if you are finding it difficult to pay your energy bills. To check what assistance you may be able to access, contact your energy … Read the rest



Hosting a Queensland Mental Health Week event? 


The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, invites local government, non-government and community organisations to apply for small grants under the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) Community Events Grant program.

The program offers grants up to $2500 for successful applicants to host registered Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) events and activities.

Queensland Mental Health Week raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing among Queenslanders during the week of 6–14 October 2018.

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‘Why Do I Care?’ Writing Competition


Each year, as part of National Carers Week, Carers Queensland runs a competition specifically for carers. It’s an opportunity to get creative, have some fun and share your talents with others.

In 150 words they want to know why you care.

The reasons why you care may be very simple or they may be complex. You may care because of love, cultural reasons and obligation or simply because you believe you are best placed to offer the quality of … Read the rest



Be Connected webinar series for older Australians – 10-20 July

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is hosting free webinar presentations to help older Australians stay safe online.

Running from 10-20 July, through their Be Connected program, these webinars aim to help the four million older Australians that are keen to improve their digital literacy, but want help addressing online safety concerns.

Presentations will be offered on two topics:
1. Safer online shopping, banking and public Wi-Fi access.
2. Can you spot a scam?

During the presentation participants will be … Read the rest