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The Australian retirement income system has been largely a success story. It ranks among the best in the world. It provides reasonable and improving retirement outcomes and remains sustainable despite population ageing, which in Australia is taking place at a slower pace than average. This first brief in a three-part series provides an overview of the system.
In part two of this three-part research brief series, we focus on the public element of retirement income provision in Australia, primarily related to the Age Pension. This research brief discusses pension policy trends, the design of pension access, benefit level, and means testing, as well as poverty and fiscal outcomes.
Some Australian workers are forced into early retirement as a result of unforeseen illnesses. For these Australians, early retirement decreases their superannuation balances, their long-term wealth and the quality of their retirement over the long-term.
This blueprint for the aged care sector to rapidly grow Australia’s professional aged care workforce – estimated to require almost one million workers by 2050 – has been developed by an industry-led expert taskforce.
Older people make up a considerable proportion of Australia’s population—in 2017, over 1 in 7 people were aged 65 and over. This report provides an overview of this diverse and growing population group through a range of topics. These outline older people’s demographic characteristics, health...
This consultation paper outlines the basis for developing a single Charter of Aged Care Rights and how the draft charter has been developed to date. As noted in the paper, the draft charter is aimed at stimulating feedback from this consultation.
Government bodies create programs encouraging seniors to remain active and independent for maintaining quality of life. Typically, councils engage design studios to design active ageing programs where the designer/client interaction is paramount. This study aimed to find out what happens when taking the time to...
This document outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.
This report considers legal and ethical issues associated with residential care for older people when the care is provided in circumstances where the resident concerned has not consented. That is, situations where older people who experience dementia related conditions are “placed” in secure rest home...
This inquiry found that the current lawful options available to people experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering at end of life are inadequate, and can be exceptionally difficult for the dying person and for their family and friends.
The 2018 National Homelessness Conference, presenting the theme ‘Ending homelessness together’, delivered a wealth of evidence and information on ways to understand, reduce and alleviate homelessness. Over 800 delegates and more than 80 speakers participated across two very full days, exploring the underlying drivers of...
This briefing paper synthesises government and non-government policy and research documents that have examined the impact of recent home care reforms on older people and their carers, the aged care workforce and providers, and the wider health system. Recommendations are made to fill identified gaps...
Australia’s population is ageing and with this trend comes the burden and complexity of increasing physical illness and disability. This burden escalates as a person nears death and as a consequence, the cost of care becomes disproportionately high in the last year of life. Currently,...
This discussion paper seeks the public's views on how future reform can best support older Australians to remain living at home and in their communities. Public feedback will be used to inform government decisions on an integrated care at home program.
Occasionally problems can arise when you receive goods or use services. You have rights under the Aged Care law but the consumer law also includes protections that may help you if things go wrong. You have rights and you can stand up for them.
In many regards, it’s never been better time to be an older person in Victoria. Statistically people are living longer, in large part thanks to improved public health outcomes and medical advancements.
This research summary brings together the findings from a Brotherhood of St Laurence study exploring how Australia’s jobactive employment services might better assist mature age jobseekers to get work.
Analysis of interviews with mature age jobseekers showed that there is disjunction between what these jobseekers say they need from employment services and what they get.
Analysis of interviews with jobactive staff showed that employment services staff face considerable challenges and competing demands.
In a changed labour market and with an ageing population, understanding the attitudes and needs of employers is vital to assisting unemployed older Australians to get and keep jobs.
The population is getting older. The next generation of older people will live longer, be healthier, more skilled and more educated. They are much more likely to remain in the workforce – and to want to. This discussion document has been released seeking community input...
The report ‘Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce’ was tabled in Parliament on 20 June 2017, making 19 recommendations. The Australian government has provided this response to the recommendations made in the report in this document.
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