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.
Response to NSW Department of Fair Trading’s consultation paper on Rules of Conduct for Operators of Retirement Villages – Retirement Villages Amendment Regulation 2019
7 June 2019
CPSA’s submission focusses on the impact of the shift from residential aged care services to in-home care services under way in Australia on the operations of retirement villages.
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.
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.
1 March 2019
Submission to the House Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
7 February 2019
On 12 February 2019, CPSA's Policy Manager Paul Versteege gave evidence to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. A transcript of this evidence is available on the Royal Commission's website. Paul Versteege's evidence was based on a witness statement provided to the Royal Commission.
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.
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.
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.
Submission to Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW on the Cemetery and Crematorium Operator Code of Practice
18 October 2018
CPSA appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Cemetery and Crematorium Operator Code of Practice. As CPSA’s focus is on consumer rights and protections this brief submission will focus on those clauses in the Code of Practice that deal with the customer-operator interface.
Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission’s Access to Digital Assets upon Death or Incapacity Consultation Paper
12 October 2018
CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Access to Digital Assets upon Death or Incapacity consultation paper released by the NSW Law Reform Commission.
Submission to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee’s Inquiry into Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018
27 September 2018
CPSA is concerned that the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission as outlined in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 in response to the Carnell-Patterson Review would commence operations while the Royal Commission into Safety and Quality of Aged Care is being conducted.
Submission to Inquiry into the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018 Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport
24 September 2018
CPSA supports the quarterly publication of ratios of aged care recipients to staff members for each residential care service as set out in the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018.
Submission to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s Easy and Transparent Trading Consultation Paper
28 August 2018
CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Easy and Transparent Trading consultation paper released by the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
26 June 2018
Coping with bereavement in older age: How bereavement impacts the personal finances, health and social wellbeing of an individual.
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.
1 June 2018
Do you think term deposits are 'no risk'? Do you think investing in shares is a casino? Do you think financial planners can't be trusted? Then this is something you should read.
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.
Review of Seclusion, Restraint and Observation of Consumers with a Mental Illness in NSW Health Facilities
27 April 2018
CPSA's response to the review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities.