The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) released a new fact sheet on legal protections for mature workers in Australia, outlining the national and state laws that protect mature workers from discrimination and uphold their right to seek flexible work arrangements. It also addresses the way workplace health and safety laws can be uniquely relevant to older Australians. Read more here.
In July the Australian Human Rights Commission released a report on Multigenerational … Read the rest
posted on 28th Aug 2019
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
posted on 5th Dec 2018
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
posted on 22nd Dec 2017
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
This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.
There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest
posted on 24th Oct 2017
Susan Ryan, Age Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, has revealed that of complaints received involving allegations of age discrimination, almost 60% of these complaints related to employment.
With older Queenslanders expected to work into what was once known as their ‘retirement years’, it is critical that barriers to older workers re-entering the workforce and removed. It is widely known that there are significant difficulties faced by older workers reentering the workforce and maintaining employment, however, this is … Read the rest
posted on 7th Jun 2016
COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body, has invited all parties contesting the State Election to make ageing a policy priority.
“Seniors have told us they have reached breaking point regarding the cost of living,” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Tucker-Evans.
“Older people are consistently finding it difficult to make ends meet against high energy, water, and transport costs. All political candidates need to take the pledge to work for an age-friendly Queensland.”
A pre-election COTA Queensland survey of 128 … Read the rest
posted on 9th Jan 2015