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Submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues’ Inquiry into Homelessness Amongst Older People Aged Over 55 in New South Wales

14 July 2022

The right to appropriate housing is a fundamental human right. The fact that an increasing number of older people NSW wide are finding themselves without access to a secure home is unacceptable and urgently needs to be addressed. Without housing, people are unable to access other vital services such as healthcare or to meaningfully connect with and contribute to communities. Note of clarification: In recommendation 8 'Home at Last' refers to Housing for the Aged Action Group's program in Victoria that offers community education, assessments, tenancy and housing advice using a no-wrong-door approach that refers people to other relevant services rather than turning them away without help. In recommendation 11 'housing first approach' refers to prioritising safe, permanent housing as a first intervention rather than requiring people to engage with support services prior to being provided with housing.

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Submission to the Regional Banking Taskforce Issues Paper

6 December 2021

Banking services are an absolutely essential service, and the closure of bank branches directly impacts people’s ability to access this service. There is a cohort of people who will never be able to use internet banking services for a range of reasons. CPSA is of the opinion that this Issues Paper does not accept that this cohort of people exists and ultimately fails to address the need for a banking services safety net that ensures every Australian, regardless of their age, technological skills, and personal banking choices, has access to banking services.

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Submission Federal Treasury Retirement Income Covenant

6 August 2021

As the position paper on the Retirement Income Covenant notes, the recent Retirement Income Review suggested that the retirement income system providing income in retirement is the fundamental role of compulsory superannuation, but that 30 years since its introduction “the retirement phase of superannuation remains under-developed”. There is, the position paper says, “substantial room for improvement in how the superannuation system delivers adequate incomes in retirement”.

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How sure are you that you will never move again?

30 June 2021

Living in a home that is accessible is key to maintaining independence as you age. This booklet aims to give you a list of things to consider about your home or any home you might be considering moving into. It’s not exhaustive but is intended as an introduction to home accessibility for older people.

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Submission to the Independent Regulatory and Pricing Tribunal’s Review of Competition, Costs and Pricing in the Funeral Industry – Comments on draft report

6 May 2021

In our initial submission, we argued that (1) the NSW funeral industry should have a primary regulator with jurisdiction over the providers of funerals, interments and cremations, and (2) that Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW (CCNSW) is the agency best placed to be that primary regulator. In practice, this would mean that the oversight function currently performed by the Better Regulation Division of the Department of Customer Service would move to CCNSW, with the former retaining its complaints handling function in relation to funerals, interments and cremations, while public health regulations would remain with NSW Health.

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Submission to Supporting older Australians – exempting granny flat arrangements from Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

6 March 2021

CPSA understands the decision to not require specific terms to be included in granny flat arrangements in the interest of flexibility. However, there should be a requirement that all parties must be referred to materials that outline all possible negative outcomes, a sort of worst-case scenario list, before entering a granny flat arrangement. The negative outcomes list would aim to inform and encourage both parties to include solutions for negative outcomes in their granny flat arrangements. This list would inform people of what can go wrong with granny flat arrangements and serve as a reminder of the purpose of this legislative amendment, which is to prevent elder abuse.

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Comments on the NSW Federal Financial Relations Review

1 September 2020

The NSW Treasurer commissioned a wide-ranging review of NSW and federal financial relations. The review dealth with the issue of stamp duty, recommending it be replaced with a land tax and also suggested a number of ways land tax could be phased in. Included in that discussion was the option of accumulating land tax charges against the value of the owner-occupied home.

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