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.
Help seniors to help themselves
In this budget, the federal government can build on and nurture these assets for the benefit of all. Seniors don’t want a handout. They want the means and resources to enable them to be self-sufficient and socially and economically included in the ongoing mission of building the nation.
This submission offers solutions to issues of national concern
Implementing our recommendations is not a cost. It is an investment that can generate additional economic benefit as well as build a healthier society that is more independent and less reliant on taxpayer-funded services. Implementing these recommendations will ensure older Australians are treated with dignity and respect.
We’re here to help older Australians
National Seniors represents the interests of older Australians through advocacy, research and provision of information and services. The recommendations in this submission reflect our members’ views.
National Seniors urges the government to adopt these recommendations, not just for the betterment of older Australians but for benefit of the nation.
- Establish an Independent Age Pension Tribunal
- Increase the maximum rate of Commonwealth Rent Assistance
- Provide a subsidy to connect to the NBN or another appropriate internet service
- Expand the provision of basic dental care for pensioners
- Double the number of Level 3 and 4 home care packages
- Require that aged care providers publish staff-to-resident ratios
- Ensure all aged care staff in direct care roles have dementia training
- Retain access to franking credit refunds for self-funded retirees
- Reduce the asset test taper rate from $3.00 to $2.00
- Reinstate the indexation of the Energy Supplement
- Exempt up to $250,000 of home sale proceeds from the Age Pension means test
- Cut Centrelink telephone waiting times for older Australians and reduce Age Pension processing times
- Expedite efforts to create nationally consistent Powers of Attorney legislation and a single national register for these documents
- Require that all medical specialists publish fees on a public register and all GPs make patients aware of choice when referring to a specialist
- Restrict private health insurance premium increases to no more than CPI.