Older Australians have invested heavily in Australia. Through life-times of employment, raising families, consuming, investing, volunteering, building, defending and passing on knowledge and wisdom they continue to make an important contribution to this country, expanding the nation’s prosperity and wellbeing.
Seniors don’t want a handout. They want to make a continuing contribution.
In this budget, we are asking the Federal Government to make an investment in older Australians. Supporting older Australians to meet their basic needs and to be more self-sufficient in meeting their basic needs will undoubtedly benefit all Australians.
Whether its keeping people safe in their homes and out of residential aged care; reducing out-of-pocket health costs; helping with the high cost of renting; encouraging retirees to save more; or providing opportunities for older Australians to invest in the future, there are many things that can be done to help seniors help the nation.
- An Independent Pension Tribunal
- Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance
- An Adult Dental Benefits Scheme
- Fund home care to meet demand
- Improve staff-to-resident ratios
- A mature aged worker program
- Lower the Age Pension taper rate
- Reduce the Age Pension deeming rate
- Align politicians’ super with the Superannuation Guarantee
- Mandatory publication of specialist fees
- Restrict private health insurance increases
- Increase rebates for specialist consultations
- Provide older Australians opportunities to invest in the future
- Real homes, not aged care homes