Federal Budget 2022:
A Fairer Future


National Seniors Australia is putting forward 12 recommendations in six key priority areas

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The issue

National Seniors Australia is urging the government to adopt a number of key recommendations for the betterment of older Australians and the nation in the 2022 Federal Budget.

What we're calling for

We recommend the Federal Budget Submission focuses on creating a simpler retirement system and improving access to care at home.

The benefits

Our 6 priority policies are an investment in the economic prosperity, health and wellbeing of our nation.

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The issue


Key Points


National Seniors Australia Federal Budget Submission focuses on the following areas:

  • Creating a simpler retirement system. 
  • Improving access to care at home.
  • Older people contributing to future generations. 
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The Federal Budget is central to Australia’s economic system: supporting jobs and guaranteeing essential services.

In 2022, National Seniors Australia is urging the government to adopt a number of key recommendations for the betterment of older Australians and the nation. These policies are an investment in the economic prosperity, health and wellbeing of our nation.

Our Federal Budget campaign outlines the key budget priorities for older Australians and how you can help us to create a fairer future for all.

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Our priorities


Priority 1: Simplify the pension system

Recommendation 1: Exempt employment income from the Age Pension means test to boost workforce participation and help meet the nation’s critical labour shortages.

Recommendation 2: Investigate the costs and benefits of adopting a universal pension in Australia

Priority 2: Fix pension poverty

Recommendation 3: Establish an Independent Pension Tribunal to set the Age Pension rate.

Recommendation 4: Increase the maximum rate of the Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).

Priority 3: Mobilising the workforce

Recommendation 5: Provide 2,000 mature age home care traineeships per year to help meet demand.

Recommendation 6: Change Age Pension and JobKeeper income tests for health and aged care workers aged 60+.

Priority 4: A home, not an aged care home

Recommendation 7: Allow people on the cusp of residential care the option of downsizing to a smaller, age friendly home by exempting excess sale proceeds from the assets test.

Recommendation 8: Create a capital grants scheme for the construction of rental housing for older people.

Priority 5: Funding aged care

Recommendation 9: All parties should commit to investigating the most fairest and most efficient way to fund aged care reforms and agree ‘in-principle’ to support funding reforms.

Recommendation 10: Create a dedicated Home Care Loans Scheme to fund additional care and support.

Priority 6: Investing in future generations

Recommendation 11: Give older Australians the opportunity to invest in renewable energy infrastructure by issuing Clean Energy Bonds.

Recommendation 12: Increase pension gifting limits to help the younger generation.

2022 Federal Budget submission


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Download our submission for the Federal Budget 2022.

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