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


National Seniors has cautiously welcomed the announcement by the ALP today that it would appoint a dedicated Minister for Ageing, promote and support active ageing, undertake a review of aged care reforms and develop a strategy for an aged care workforce.

A narrow focus on age care as the core to ageing has done older Australians a great disservice, according to the peak consumer group... Read More


Older Australians have welcomed Labor’s commitment to an independent review of the pension means test, should it win government.

The taper rate changes announced by the Coalition in 2015 and due to take effect in January will see retirees with modest savings and a family home receiving a lower annual income than someone on a full pension.

National Seniors chief executive Michael... Read More


NSW seniors are relieved that the state government has imposed a freeze on public transport fares.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said today there would be no increase to train, ferry, bus or light rail fares until July 2017 and the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal Card eligibility and $2.50 daily fare cap remained unaltered – for now.

This was despite recommended changes to fares... Read More


Retirees on low, fixed incomes are set to feel the pinch of the Western Australian budget, seniors say.

Household fees and charges will jump by an average of $257 or 4.76 per cent in 2016/17, increases most of the state’s seniors were ill equipped to absorb, said National Seniors’ state policy advisory group chair June MacDonald.

“These rises in essential services such as power,... Read More


Australia’s seniors have welcomed the appointment of Dr Kay Patterson as Age Discrimination Commissioner in a dedicated, full-time role.

Dr Patterson is a psychologist with expertise in gerontology, a National Mental Health Commissioner and served as a Senator for Victoria. She was Minister for Health and Ageing under the Howard Government.

National Seniors Australia’s chief... Read More