Older Australians


7 Aug 2019

This research examined the housing aspirations of older Australians (i.e. aged 55 years and over), including home owners and renters in the private market and in social housing, to provide the evidence-base for policies needed to deliver their required housing and housing assistance.

Fact sheet

1 Aug 2019

This fact sheet outlines the national and state legislation that protects mature workers from discrimination and upholds their right to seek flexible work arrangements. It also addresses the way workplace health and safety laws can be uniquely relevant to older Australians.

Briefing paper

26 Jul 2019

Carers are critical to the sustainability of the aged care system. They provide support and services that may otherwise be funded by the taxpayer, the estimated value of which is significant. This paper provides an overview of the role of carers in supporting older people,...

Discussion paper

12 Jul 2019

This discussion paper outlines reforms to address exit entitlements and recurrent charges in retirement villages.


10 Jul 2019

This guide is issued under section 53(1)(f) of the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) (the Act). It is designed to provide employers and other work providers with information about the operation of the Act and provide practical guidance about promoting the inclusion of older workers...

Briefing paper

20 Jun 2019

This paper provides a high-level description of the components of advance care planning, an overview of the practices in each state and territory, and a brief explanation of advance care planning as it relates to aged care.


Speech to the COTA Australia National Policy Forum National Press Club, Canberra, 13 June 2019
17 Jun 2019

This speech was delivered by Per Capita Executive Director, Emma Dawson, to the COTA Australia National Policy Forum, hosted by the National Press Club on 13 June 2019.


11 Jun 2019

This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.


10 Sep 2018

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...


16 May 2018

This report focuses on trends in hospitalised (serious) fall injury for people aged 65 and over that occurred over the period 2002–03 to 2014–15. Information is also presented on the hospital care provided.

Journal article

15 Mar 2014

In July 2010, Coffs Harbour, Australia was announced as one of fourteen National Broadband Network (NBN) second release sites and in February 2013, a number of households and businesses in Coffs Harbour had infrastructure installed to enable them to access the NBN.

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Literature review

1 Sep 2012

This review of the literature was conducted to provide an overview of changing communications in health promotion to inform the Falls Prevention Project of Country Health SA’s Local Health Network. The context is that falls health literacy information is being increasingly made available via digital...


25 Mar 2008

This report makes a number of recommendations which aim to alleviate the current pressures experienced by older Australians on low incomes, including a review of the Age Pension base level and indexation arrangements, a review of financial thresholds to access government services, benefits and concessions,...



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