COTA has a long history of ensuring older people’s voices are heard in the development of public policy. We think it is important to consult with the community so that our research and policies focus on the issues of greatest concern to older Victorians.
COTA is currently working on many issues of interest to older Victorians. We do this by talking to government and other organisations to ensure that the views and interests of older people are included in discussions about policies, services and programs.
COTA will be announcing its 2017 Policy Priorities soon. Watch this space.
The Voice of Older People
COTA values older people for their skills, wisdom and experience. It seeks recognition for these values in community attitudes towards ageing. An important part of our work is to meet with groups of older people. Through these discussions we learn first hand what is of most concern. We then pass these messages on to politicians and other influential leaders.
Our policy work starts with ideas and concerns from the community. We also look at issues being taken up by the government and what research shows. The positions we take on issues are decided by Policy Councils at State and National levels. COTA Victoria’s Policy Council is made up of COTA Board members, our Executive Director and other interested seniors. It governs our policy directions and activities based on five key policy principles.
Writing submissions is an important way for COTA to influence government services and policies and to respond to government consultations.
Alerting the media to important issues keeps the public informed and gives publicity when and where it is needed