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

COTA SA 2022 State Election Platform

We are delighted to present our 2022 State Election Platform.

Our platform represents the diverse voices, needs and interests of older people across seven areas of priority, which relate to:

The document contains 18 recommendations which have been informed by you, our older South Australian community, through surveys, conversations, social media, letters and emails. Our hope is that the incoming State Government will use this platform to shape its policies and strategies for all older South Australians.

Download the full COTA SA 2022 State Election Platform

SUMMARY OF PRIORITIES

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  • Recommendation 1
    That the incoming State Government immediately commissions the
    development of an Ageing in Country South Australia strategy, working with
    older people, local councils, businesses, government agencies and community
    groups to identify best practice examples and initiatives in response to critical
    issues in regional areas including housing, employment, digital inclusion,
    transport and health.
  • Recommendation 2
    That the incoming State Government funds COTA SA to establish a Country
    Engagement Program to work with older people and stakeholders in country
    areas to promote ageing well, build local capacity and support options for
    people to remain in their community as they age.
  • Recommendation 3
    That the incoming State Government maps, plans and sets targets for optimal
    levels of health and aged care staffing and services in country SA and then
    reports regularly against the achievements of those targets.

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  • Recommendation 4
    That the incoming State Government researches and funds innovative,
    evidence-based, best practice programs that identify and target older people
    at risk of digital exclusion to help them to use the online world.
  • Recommendation 5
    That the incoming State Government maintains non-online systems for access
    to information, support and all government and government funded services.

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  • Recommendation 6
    That the incoming State Government funds COTA SA to lead key stakeholders
    in a multi-year, targeted media and awareness campaign that confronts and
    addresses ageism

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  • Recommendation 7
    That the incoming State Government funds a pilot project in regional South
    Australia to engage older workers and employers to trial new opportunities for
    mature employment and enterprise in country areas. This project should also
    investigate the work required to support upskilling, reskilling and workplace
    flexibility to create proactive employment opportunities for older people with
    a focus on older women.

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  • Recommendation 8
    That the incoming State Government increases the quantity of public and
    social housing available for older people by at least 100 homes per year.
  • Recommendation 9
    That the incoming State Government uses age as a criterion of priority for
    housing for disadvantaged older people.
  • Recommendation 10
    That the incoming State Government establishes a specialised advocacy and
    housing service that assists vulnerable older people living in housing stress to
    secure ongoing accommodation.

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  • Recommendation 11
    That the incoming State Government provides funding to enable the Strength
    for Life program to continue to meet the needs of older South Australians
    including in regional and low-SEIFA areas, with dedicated funding to develop a
    next generation model targeting CALD and First Nation Elders and the roll out
    of online access for isolated and regional South Australians.
  • Recommendation 12
    That the incoming State Government prioritises and accelerates strategies to
    improve health outcomes and measures to reduce ambulance ramping for
    older people.
  • Recommendation 13
    That the incoming State Government makes ambulance travel free for all
    Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders.
  • Recommendation 14
    That the incoming State Government, with the Australian Government,
    addresses access to oral health care services for older South Australians, with
    an absolute priority on older people on low incomes.

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  • Recommendation 15
    That the incoming State Government funds the COTA SA Rainbow Hub to
    safeguard its current footprint and expand its reach to LGBTI elders living
    outside metropolitan Adelaide.
  • Recommendation 16
    That the incoming State Government funds the extension of transport
    concessions beyond off-peak times.
  • Recommendation 17
    That the incoming State Government reviews transport options in regional
    South Australia as part of an Ageing in Country South Australia strategy.
  • Recommendation 18
    That the incoming State Government reinvests in COTA SA to provide peer to
    peer road safety awareness and education initiatives for older people.