Rental costs are rising and there is a lack of suitable housing options to give people choice when downsizing.
What we're calling for
We’re campaigning to build affordable rental housing for seniors and better support for downsizers.
Building rental housing for older Australians and supporting the construction of accessible housing will give people more choice and delay entry into aged care.
Enable home care recipients to downsize without pension penalties.
We're lobbying for home care recipients, over 80 years old, to be able to downsize without it affecting their pension, which will enable them to stay out of residential care.
Introduce a stamp duty concession for eligible seniors in all states and territories.
We believe a concession for stamp duty for Pensioner Concession Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia will increase the appeal of downsizing.
Include ‘accessible housing’ design standards in the National Construction Code (NCC)
We're campaigning to change the National Construction Code (NCC) which will make new housing age-friendly and facilitate more downsizing options.
Create a capital grants scheme for the construction of rental housing suitable for older people.
We're pushing for the creation of a capital grants scheme that incorporates universal design principles. This will reduce older renters risk of falling, hospitalisation or premature entry into residential care.
National retirement village legislation
We are calling for strengthened and nationally uniform laws for retirement villages to ensure the rights of older people are protected.
Downsizing is a major consideration for Australian homeowners when they enter retirement. The National Seniors Australia (NSA) study gathered data from the members of National Seniors on their reasons for downsizing, and asked about some policy measures that may encourage them to downsize.
National Seniors has lobbied hard to make housing more accessible as part of our Better Housing campaign. On 30 April 2021, Ministers attending the building ministers’ meeting agreed to adopt mandatory accessibility standards in the National Construction Code (NCC). This means all new homes and apartments will have to meet 7 minimum accessibility standards to accommodate people with limited mobility or a disability.
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