Submission to the Inquiry into the adequacy of Newstart and related payments and alternative mechanisms to determine the level of income support payments in Australia
Published 12 September 2019
The Newstart Allowance can no longer deliver the best means of support to Australians who need assistance the most. Newstart has not been increased in real terms for a quarter of a century and it shows.Newstart is no longer a safety net, but rather a thin cushion to soften the crash into poverty Australians on Newstart experience.Within this submission CPSA expresses concerns about the current payment rates for Allowance Payments and the mechanisms that determine these rates of payment.
Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: The Family Home and Aged Care Funding
Published 10 September 2019
The family home is seen by diverse campaigns as an obvious, and in the minds of some campaigners, magic-pudding type of funding source. Their proposals invariably involve some form of home equity release through lending. This submission sets out to show that not only is home equity release on the scale required to contribute meaningfully to the sourcing of aged care funding financially risky in the extreme, it also is unable to contribute very much at all, really.
Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Revocation of accreditation: What if the approved provider just shrugs?
Published 29 August 2019
What's the bet it won't happen? At the time of writing, the Bupa Eden nursing home had just been re-accredited on the day it was set to lose its accreditation. Two further Bupa homes faced loss of accreditation. Bupa Traralgon will lose its accreditation on 14 September 2019. Bupa Seaforth will lose its accreditation 0n 17 October 2019.
Submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Staffing levels and a new residential aged care funding model
Published 23 August 2019
In this brief submission, CPSA offers an analysis of the nursing home staffing levels debate within the context of the impending implementation of the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) as a replacement for the current Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).
Submission: CPSA’s Response to the Draft Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019
Published 1 August 2019
Currently around one-third of private dwellings in NSW are rented. In the past, renters were primarily young people who rented for only a short time. However, more people are now renting for longer and families and older people are making up a larger portion of tenants. With this continuing growth and variation to the tenancy demographic, it is increasingly important that there is in place a modern and efficient regulatory system for residential tenancies that is responsive to the needs of the community.A draft Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 (the Regulation) and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement are now available for public consultation. The proposed Regulation supports the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 (the Act).
Submission: Draft Fair Trading Regulation 2019 – Funeral Information Standard
Published 29 July 2019
The existing NSW Fair Trading Regulation 2012 is due for automatic repeal on 1 September 2019. The Government is proposing to remake the Regulation with some changes. Among other things, the new Regulation will provide information standards relating to funeral service providers. The draft Regulation would no longer contain a provision for a basic funeral. The basic funeral is key to ensuring that those of limited means are able to buy a dignified funeral package.A draft Fair Trading Regulation 2019 (the Regulation) and accompanying Regulatory Impact Statement are now available for public consultation. The proposed Regulation supports the Fair Trading Act 1987 (the Act).
Response to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s issues paper on Review of Opal fares from 1 July 2020
Published 14 June 2019
CPSA’s primary concern is the affordability and usefulness of public transport to its constituents: people receiving a pension-type payment
Response to Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s issues paper on Review of interment costs and pricing
Published 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
Published 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
Published 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.
Response to The Treasury’s Retirement Income Disclosure Consultation Paper
Published 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.
Review of the Social Security Commission Bill 2018
Published 1 March 2019
Submission to the House Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
Witness Statement to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
Published 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.
CPSA’s response – Draft Older Persons Transport and Mobility Plan 2018–2022
Published 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.
Pre-Budget Submission 2019
Published 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.
Submission to the Financial Services Royal Commission – Interim Report
Published 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
Published 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
Published 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
Published 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
Published 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.