News tagged with Cost of living

State of the (Older) Nation

 

This research was commissioned by the Federation of nine Councils on the Ageing (COTA) across Australia – including all eight COTA state and territory organisations and COTA Australia – in order to understand the views, life experiences and needs of Australians aged 50+.

Newgate Research conducted a nationally representative online survey lasting 25 minutes on average, with a robust sample of 2,562 Australians aged 50 and over, with quotas set for state and territory, metropolitan and regional areas, gender … Read the rest

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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

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2018 Queensland Household Energy Survey

 

The Queensland Household Energy Survey (QHES) is an annual survey held in conjunction with Powerlink. This survey is critical in providing Energy Queensland with useful data for energy usage and renewable technologies. This informs our Corporate Strategy as well as forecast loads on our networks. This survey is open to all Queenslanders and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. There are 10 x $100 EFTPOS Cards to be given away.

This survey will close on the 2nd December.

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Have Your Say on the Future of Grocery Unit Pricing

The future of the regulation that requires large supermarkets to provide the unit price (price per unit of measure – such as per 100g and per litre) on shelf labels, etc. for packaged grocery items is being reviewed by the federal government.

The review will determine whether the regulation should continue, and if so whether it should be changed.

The review includes a short online survey which allows consumers to give their views on the present system and what they … Read the rest

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Contributing the proceeds of downsizing to superannuation

 

On 9 May 2017 the Government announced that from 1 July 2018, individuals aged 65 or over will be able to make a contribution to super of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home. ...

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COTA calls on State Government to prioritise ageing issues

COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body representing 718,000 Queenslanders aged 65 and over, congratulates Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on leading the Labor Government to a second term in office.

COTA has welcomed the reappointment of Coralee O’Rourke as Minister for Seniors and congratulates her on the inclusion of Communities in her responsibilities. We look forward to continuing to work with the Minister for Seniors on the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities initiative.

By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders … Read the rest

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2017 State Election Priorities

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

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COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

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. ...

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Anti-Poverty Week 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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Changes to Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Surcharges

 

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

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