Our Media and Communications team works hard to ensure that issues concerning Australians over 50 are on the national news agenda. The media releases we produce contain the latest news and announcements on National Seniors' lobbying activities and campaigns.

Just as National Seniors Australia gives a voice to older Australians, our Media and Communications team works hard to ensure that they are heard on the national news agenda. In our media mentions area is a selection of news coverage where National Seniors Australia and its lobbying priorities have been reported.

National Seniors' Media and Communications team members are happy to talk to journalists about issues affecting older Australians at any time.

Please direct media enquiries to Media and Communications Manager, Lynda Schekoske, on 07 3233 9134 or 0488 047 380, or Media Officer Rosemary Desmond on 3233 9106, or email us. You can also follow us on Twitter @NationalSeniors.

Media Releases


Victorian seniors have little cause for celebration despite the state government promising a $2.9 billion budget surplus for the 2016/17 financial year.

National Seniors Victorian Policy Advisory Group chair Vicki Davidson said the budget was at best neutral and at worst a disappointment for older people who were looking for a little relief from the relentless rise of living costs.... Read More


Older Australians have welcomed the federal Opposition's climate change plan announced by Bill Shorten and Mark Butler in Brisbane today.

The plan, which emphasises jobs and lower power prices, commits Labor to a 50% renewable energy (such as solar- and wind-generated) target by 2030 should it win government.

Michael O’Neill, chief executive of the over-50s consumer lobby... Read More


Australia’s seniors have welcomed statements by Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens highlighting the impact of record low interest rates on their retirement nest eggs.

Stevens warned that the rates were exerting pressure on superannuation funds to continue delivering returns for those on low fixed incomes.

“Bringing this problem to the national agenda for discussion is a positive... Read More


National Seniors has welcomed a project to help older South Australians find and keep jobs.

The state’s Minister for Ageing, Zoe Bettison, said the Mature Economy Business and Jobs Strategy will focus on new economic opportunities for mature age workers.

The strategy will be a joint initiative of Flinders University Business School and the Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer IAO, which... Read More


Michael O’Neill has announced he’s stepping down as National Seniors chief executive from the end of May.

O’Neill, who has been at the helm of the over-50s lobby for almost a decade, believes it is time for ‘fresh blood and fresh ideas’.

“When I commenced this role in 2006, I received a legacy of 30 years of growth and development,” said O’Neill.

“I leave at the 40 year... Read More