Retirees, pensioners or self-funded, have always been an easy target for successive governments. Successive intergenerational reports are used to justify budget cuts, changes to pension eligibility and superannuation rules.
What we're calling for
We are calling for a simpler and fairer retirement system that supports older people and helps them to be more self-sufficient in retirement.
Our priority polices aim to improve the Pension Loans Scheme, adopt a universal pension and allow pensioners, if they choose, to work without penalisation.
National Seniors Australia campaigned to improve the Pension Loans Scheme (now called the Home Equity Access Scheme).
We were successful in lowering of the interest rate from 5.25% to 3.95%. A huge win for seniors who need a safe way to release their home equity to live a better retirement.
National Seniors Australia is calling for improvements to the Pension Loans Scheme so retirees can use the equity in their home for a better income in retirement.
A universal pension would give everyone a basic pension. It would eliminate means testing, doing away with deeming and taper rates, which complicate retirement planning of millions of retirees.
We recommend employment income be exempt from the income test for pensioners with limited savings or assets. Allowing pensioners to work will boost their retirement incomes and meet crippling labour force shortages.
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National Seniors will be fighting to change the issues that affect you most in this review.
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