Submission to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs – Effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and Accreditation Framework

18 August 2017

CPSA's response to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs inquiry into the effectiveness of the Aged Care Quality Assessment and accreditation framework for protecting residents from abuse and poor practices, and ensuring proper clinical and medical care standards are maintained and practiced. More information about the inquiry can be found on the Parliament of Australia website, along with CPSA's submission.

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Greater Sydney Commission’s Draft District Plans

31 March 2017

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Greater Sydney Commission's draft district plans. This submission responds to the issues of housing affordability and affordable rental housing, as highlighted in all six district plans. In addition to the issues raised below, CPSA supports the recommendations put forward by Shelter NSW as the peak body representing the housing interests of low income households and people experiencing disadvantage.

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Australian Law Reform Commission: Elder Abuse Discussion Paper

10 March 2017

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Elder Abuse Discussion Paper (DP 83) released by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The majority of this submission responds to Chapter 11 of the Discussion Paper, which related to aged care. CPSA has extensive experience in the area of aged care and also auspices a Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) service in Sydney. While CPSA is a strong supporter of the ALRC's involvement in elder abuse and the broader attention to the issue by state and territory governments, as a grass-roots organisation our members have raised a number of concerns with the terminology used. The term elder is not generally used in Australian society when talking about older people. The exception to this is within Aboriginal communities, where the term Elder holds particular cultural meaning and significance. In addition, members have expressed concern that the term elder abuse is ambiguous, as it can imply that the elder is the one perpetrating abuse. For these reasons, CPSA's preferred terminology is the abuse of older people. However, as the ALRC's terms of reference refer to elder abuse, this submission will also use the term to describe the abuse of older people.

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Submission to the Review of the Community Visitors Scheme

8 December 2016

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback as part of the review of the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS). As well as delivering systemic advocacy on behalf of pensioners of all ages and low income retirees, CPSA has been an auspicing body of the CVS in Sydney since 1991. This submission was prepared by CPSA's Policy Team in consultation with the CVS Coordinator. It should be noted that it is not possible to provide in depth feedback given the lack of detail contained in the discussion paper. CPSA and CPSA's CVS accordingly seeks further clarification regarding any proposed changes to the CVS so that they can be subject to proper scrutiny.

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Submission to Department of Health Aged Care Legislated Review

5 December 2016

CPSA's submission responds to eight of the nine key matters that section 4 of the Aged Care Act 1997 requires to be addressed as part of the Aged Care Legislated Review. This response is structured according to the listing of these nine key matters on the Department of Health's webpage for the Review (

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Comments on Introduction of Bonds for Public Housing Tenants

19 October 2016

CPSA welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) plans to introduce tenancy bonds for public housing tenants. This submission first identifies a number of changes that must be made to the draft policy if it is to be introduced. It then raises a number of concerns that have not been fully explored or explained in the draft policy document which CPSA was provided.

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