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COTA Victoria Media Release Victorian 2017-18 Budget Highlights

Victorian 2017-18 Budget Highlights Need for 

Whole-of-Government Strategy on Ageing

Council on the Ageing Victoria today urged the Victorian Government to begin work on Victoria’s first and much needed whole-of-government strategy on ageing.

The Victorian Government’s Budget 2017-18 funded a number of broad initiatives that will positively impact on older Victorians through health, affordable housing, family violence initiatives, and investment in public transport.

Absent from the Victorian Government’s Budget statement is recognition of the growing ageing population and addressing the specific needs of older Victorians.

COTA welcomed:

  • $729 million for continuing Pension Concessions for low-income older people and pensioners
  • $25 million for continuing high-quality programs in public sector residential aged care
  • Significant investment in health services and palliative care
  • $ 1.19 billion towards implementing the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
  • Social and public housing investment which will benefit older people seeking secure and affordable housing
  • Regional rail upgrades for public transport

“While we recognise the significant spend across housing, transport, health and family violence, COTA calls on the Victorian Government to address the specific challenges of longevity and an increasing ageing population” said Ronda Held, COTA Vic CEO.

“With the percentage of older Victorians set to increase to 22.2% in Melbourne and 30.5% in regional Victoria by 2031, now’s the time for the Victorian Government to plan and formalize a longer term Ageing Strategy.”

COTA Victoria looks forward to discussing future government initiatives in responding to elder abuse, social isolation, digital inclusion and healthy ageing.

Media enquiries: Donna Swan 0419 896 350, Ronda Held 0450 785 437, Lizbeth Gonzalez 0430 713 059

Download a copy of the media release here

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