Retirement housing

NSW to adopt retirement village reforms

The NSW Government said this week it would implement the majority of reforms recommended in a report on the state’s retirement villages.

Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said the reforms would be based on the outcomes of the recent state-wide inquiry into the sector, led by Kathryn Greiner.

“We strongly support the inquiry’s findings, and believe that our response will go a long way to putting the power back in the hands of retirees and their families,” Mr Kean said.

Over 50s miss out on economic growth

Australians aged over 50 were the least likely to feel they have gained from Australia’s record run of economic growth, a new survey has shown.

A national poll of almost 3,000 people by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) revealed Australians overall were more likely to report that large companies, senior executives and foreign shareholders have gained the most.

Seniors' housing needs better planning

A new report shows people aged over 65 risk fewer and poorer housing options unless governments do a better job of planning to house them.

The Property Council of Australia commissioned The Retirement Living Planning Report Card which assessed states and territories on their performance in planning for seniors’ housing. Overall, South Australia was ranked first.

Public comment invited on new Retirement Living Code of Conduct

Now is your chance to have a say on the draft version of a new national Retirement Living Code of Conduct.

More than 3,000 Australian retirement communities are providing accommodation and services to almost 300,000 people aged 65 and over, helping to extend their independence, provide access to health care as well as new and vital social support networks.

Fighting to eliminate pension poverty

National Seniors and the Benevolent Society visited community groups in the northern NSW towns of Coffs Harbour and Lismore last week to talk about the 110-year anniversary of the Age Pension in Australia, and the importance of addressing poverty among older Australians.

The Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act was passed by the then young Commonwealth Parliament in June 1908. This followed long community campaigns and was based on age pensions introduced in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Tasmanian budget win for seniors

National Seniors Australia has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in today’s budget of a 50 per cent discount on stamp duty for eligible seniors who downsize their homes.

National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the concession was a big win for the advocacy group, which had been campaigning for cuts to stamp duty for older Australians for years.

Seminar on Queensland retirement village law changes

If you would like to know more about recent changes to laws affecting retirement villages and manufactured homes, come to a free seminar in Brisbane later this month.

It will be the first in a series of National Seniors information sessions around Queensland where you can learn more about retirement living options and some of the recent legislative changes that provide better consumer protections for retirement village residents and manufactured home owners.

Submission to the ACT Budget 2018-2019

National Seniors Australian Capital Territory Budget Submission 2018-19 outlines a number key recommendations in the areas such as health, housing, transport and concessions.

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