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National Seniors seeks volunteer for travel role

The Board of National Seniors Australia invites members to nominate for a role on the sub-committee that supports and guides our travel agency business.

We are looking for a travel industry expert or former travel agency owner who wants to contribute their skills, passion and experience to make our travel business more contemporary and relevant to our members.

Please consider this opportunity if you have the following attributes:

Australia only 58th most affordable country

Australia has been ranked only the 58th most affordable place to live in the world behind countries including Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Removalist company Assured Removals said the South American country Suriname was rated the most affordable place to live, based on comparison of the average house price against the average income of its residents.

The company’s survey identified property markets in Barbados and China as overpriced – but the USA was rated as a bargain.

Cash is still king for many older Australians

Older Australians still prefer to use cash rather than cards, a new study shows.

The Reserve Bank’s report How Australians Pay: Evidence from the 2016 Consumer Payments Survey, released this week, found that younger people started the week with an average of $20 in their pockets, but over 65s held an average of $95.

This was more than double the amount held by the next closest age group, those aged between 50 and 64.

National Seniors appoints Ian Henschke as new chief advocate

National Seniors Australia has appointed former ABC Radio and TV journalist and presenter Ian Henschke as its Chief Advocate. He also served as an ABC Board Director.

National Seniors’ Chief Executive Officer Dagmar Parsons said the role of Chief Advocate will build upon the successes of the past and transform engagement with the over 50s.

National Seniors holds inaugural Policy Congress meeting

National Seniors’ new Policy Congress, comprised of representatives from around Australia, has convened in Brisbane for the first time.

A key activity of the policy congress is to provide advice to the National Seniors’ board on issues affecting the over 50s.

Participants included National Seniors directors, volunteer state/territory Policy Advisory Group chairs and metropolitan and regional members drawn through an expression of interest process.

New National Council members

The National Seniors Board has appointed 10 members to the National Council after a comprehensive Expression of Interest process.

The Board received recommendations for appointment from the Board Appointments Committee.

The role of the National Council is to identify issues affecting the over 50s and ensure National Seniors is adequately representing its members.

It will also provide reflections and advice to the Board relevant to the continued development of the organisation.

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