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COTA SA 2018 State Election Platform
COTA SA 2018 State Election Platform

COTA SA 2018 State Election Platform

South Australia has begun to embrace the possibilities of our ageing, but there is still much to do to transform our attitudes and capabilities to support modern ageing.

In late 2017 COTA SA surveyed hundreds of older South Australians, providing a clear picture of both what they value and the things getting in the way of their independence and wellbeing.

South Australians aged 50 and over make up more than 50% of the state's eligible voting population, and that proportion will only continue to rise in years to come. Their needs and expectations need to be addressed in the upcoming State Election and in policies being developed moving forward.

All measures recommended in our 2018 State Election Platform directly and indirectly improve the quality of life of older South Australians, by reducing financial stress, making services more accessible and affordable and by allowing them to play an active, meaningful role in our communities that all generations can benefit from.

Download the COTA SA 2018 State Election Platform

 

Election Platform at a glance

Health

Health

  • Improve access to hospital avoidance, specialist health services, fitness programs and health intervention programs, including through co-design.
  • Increase understanding of Advance Care Directives (ACDs)
    and encourage participation.

 

Housing

Housing

  • Develop a comprehensive housing strategy for disadvantaged older South Australians.
  • Include age as a priority factor for access to public housing.
  • Fund a one-stop housing support service for older people.

 

 

Transport

Transport

  • Fund the extension of free public transport beyond off-peak times.
  • Support the development of transport options for people without access to private transport to travel within and between local communities and suburbs.

 

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion

  • Provide free Wi-Fi to support digital access for all.

  • Invest in comprehensive digital literacy training, particularly for older people and in rural areas.

  • Create expectations that businesses will support users to access digital information and not charge for hard copy bills or other essential information.

 

Employment

Employment

  • Support initiatives with employers and recruiters to tackle employment-based age discrimination.
  • Trial a mid-career check and planning service for people aged 50 and over, focused on planning ahead, upskilling and retraining and understanding future housing and financial goals.

 

Diversity

Diversity

  • Build advocacy with older people living in rural and regional SA, particularly in areas experiencing financial downturn.
  • Adopt the recommendations of the CALD Age Friendly SA report, including improvements to the age-friendliness of outdoor spaces, public buildings and public transport, as well as projects connecting older people of CALD backgrounds with their communities, and facilitating access to information and services.
  • Establish a community hub for older LGBTIQ South Australians.

 

Cost Of Living

Cost Of Living

  • Install solar panels and batteries in all public and social housing, including those iintended for older people.
  • Provide incentives for private sector landlords to offer energy-efficient private rental for people on low incomes.
  • Offer the electricity concession as a percentage of the electricity cost of the household rather than a flat rate.
  • Require all government services - including health - to have strategies in place to protect people on low incomes from being exposed to fees and co-payments.

 

Elder Protection

Elder Protection

  • Undertake legislative reform that enables a coordinated response to the abuse of adults in vulnerable situations.
  • Work with other states and territories to establish a national framework on elder abuse.

 

Ageing and Attitudes to Ageing

Ageing And Attitudes To Ageing

  • Commit increased resources to campaigns and activities that counter ageism and create new opportunities for older people throughout SA.