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Response to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s issues paper on Review of interment costs and pricing

7 June 2019

In 2013, which much pomp, the NSW Government established the Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority to deal with the shortage of burial plots in Sydney. The main remedy it offered at the time was renewable-tenure burial plots. These are plots that will accommodate remains for a period of 25 years. Then, the lease on the plot needs to be released or the plot is cleared, as is common practice in more densely populated countries in the developed world. Six years on from those reform, there have been less than fifty (50!) renewable-tenure burials.

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Response to Department of Health’s Proposal for a new residential aged care funding model – consultation paper

31 May 2019

CPSA is concerned that the proposed model, the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC), has been developed on the basis of care practices funded and shaped by the current Aged Care Funding Instrument, which may compromise the effectiveness of AN-ACC. CPSA urges that the introduction of AC-ANN be delayed until the Aged Care Commission has made its final report to the Governor-General and the Government has responded to its recommendations.

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Response to The Treasury’s Retirement Income Disclosure Consultation Paper

28 March 2019

Building on the release of the Retirement Income Covenant position paper in May 2018, Government is seeking views on the disclosure fact sheet for retirement income products. Its consultation paper proposes a standardised, simplified document that outlines key metrics and features to help consumers compare different retirement income products.

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CPSA’s response – Draft Older Persons Transport and Mobility Plan 2018–2022

24 January 2019

CPSA welcomes the draft plan, noting that it is thorough and attempts to address a range of issues of concern for older people using transport in NSW. However, there are two major areas of concern that CPSA believes were not adequately addressed in the plan. These are the transparency regarding the Transport Access Program and access to information about transport services.

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Pre-Budget Submission 2019

20 January 2019

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the 2019 Budget and would like to highlight the following federal budget priorities it has identified in the areas of aged care, social services and health.

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Submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission – Interim Report

26 October 2018

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Financial Services Royal Commission’s Interim Report. In this submission, CPSA will confine itself to commenting on issues related to the provision of financial advice. CPSA’s comments are in response to the questions listed at the end of the financial advice section in the Commissioner’s interim report. These comments are based on policy positions CPSA has held and advocated for throughout previous reviews of the financial advice industry and regulation.

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Submission to the Standing Committee on Economics inquiry into Financial and Tax Practices of For-Profit Aged Care Providers

7 June 2018

CPSA is pleased to submit the following comments to assist the Standing Committees on Economics inquiry into the Financial and Tax Practices of For-Profit Aged Care Providers. CPSA’s submission will address tax avoidance and minimisation strategies, the associated impacts on the quality of service delivery, value for money for government and the adequacy of accountability and probity mechanisms for the expenditure of taxpayer money.

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Submission to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency on the Draft Guidance Aged Care Quality Standards

31 May 2018

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft guidance material for the new aged care quality standards. CPSA represents pensioners of all ages and low income retirees. As such, CPSA is interested in ensuring that the aged care system is able to deliver high quality, person centred care to all those who need it, regardless of their geographical location and their capacity to pay. In an increasingly market-based aged care system, the accreditation standards and how they are interpreted and implemented is critical in ensuring that all residents have access to safe care that meets their needs. This submission focuses on how the guidance material can be improved to ensure that the realities of care experiences are properly being captured through the auditing process, particularly in residential aged care.

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