National Seniors Australia is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1976.
We rely on people like you to become a member, or use our services to help us advocate for better outcomes for people aged over 50. We tackle issues such as age discrimination, accessible housing, pension poverty, health costs, aged care and improving retirement income.
Members have exclusive access to discounts, a yearly subscription to Our Generation magazine, local community branches, access to our Financial Information Consultant for independent information, tools and resources and more.
For only $49.50, anyone can become a member and it only takes a few minutes to join.
I became a lifetime member over 20 years ago. I’m proud to be a part of an organisation that’s advocating strenuously against the mistreatment of older people and pension poverty on our behalf.
National Seniors has led the campaign to reduce deeming rates since 2019, resulting in two rate reductions. The first reduced the lower rate to 1% and the upper rate to 3%, affecting 630,000 pensioners. The second reduced the lower rate to 0.25% and the upper rate to 2.25%, affecting 565,000 Age Pensioners.
The Pension Loans Scheme was extended to everyone of pension age from 1 July 2019. We called for a lowering of the Pension Loans Scheme interest rate, it fell from 5.25% to 4.5% per annum. In December 2021, it was announced that the interest rate would drop from 4.5% to 3.95% per annum - a reward for our strong and consistent campaigning.
National Seniors has highlighted the problems in aged care for many years and welcomed the establishment of the commission. We have been actively engaged, providing submissions, attending hearings and communicating the experiences and views of members through the media.
There has been an extra 73,105 Home Care Packages released at a cost of $4.6 billion since the 2018-19 Budget thanks to our pressure on the federal government. We continue to call for more high-level packages to meet the high demand; and for government to act quickly on the recommendations of the aged care royal commission.