News feed: Working for Change

Introducing our Aged Care Navigator Service

 

The Aged Care Navigators Project has been established to ensure people can get the information they need and be supported as they find their way through a complex system.  ...

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Victorian LGBTI older person’s service promised life-line

 

Switchboard’s Out & About, an LGBTI Community Visitor service, lost most of its funding just before Christmas. ...

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From the desk of the COTA Victoria Financial Counsellor

 

Don’t struggle by yourself and worry about ‘how will I manage’ or ‘what can I do?’ A Financial Counsellor can help you... ...

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Recent tribunal hearing offers hope for ageing apartment residents

 

Most people want to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible as they age – but what if you were to find suddenly that the place ... ...

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From the desk of the COTA Victoria Financial Counsellor – helping protect your rights

 

Have you, or someone you know, been doing it tough and getting behind with the utility bills? Or perhaps it’s the mortgage or rates? Are you worried that you won’t ... ...

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Beware fake tradies

 

As the weather warms up, fake tradies (also known as travelling con men) will be knocking on doors and dropping leaflets, offering home improvement services. Consumer Affairs Victoria is warning ... ...

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Two and a half million Victorian mouths ignored – Victorian Oral Health Alliance

 

“Despite a range of good health measures in the ALP’s election platform, there is still a large hole – public dental care for the 2.5 million Victorians who are eligible” ...

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Shock retirement village costs revealed

 

Some Retirement Villages are charging fees for a two-bedroom apartment that soon add up to the equivalent of renting a luxury waterfront mansion. Residents who live in a village for ... ...

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Have your say on important issues for Australians aged 50+

 

Have your say on important issues for Australians aged 50+ by 23 October and win an iPad 4 Wi-Fi + cellular. This annual survey is designed to understand what the ... ...

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Royal Commission welcome but must not delay action on urgently needed reforms already in train and in the wings

 

Peak older persons advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed the Royal Commission into aged care for the spotlight it will throw on the challenges facing aged care over the next two ... ...

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Increase in the Utility Relief Grants Scheme

 

The Victorian Government has increased the Utility Relief Grant Scheme (URGS) from $500 to $650 for claims assessed from 1 July 2018. The grant provides help to pay a mains ... ...

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Victorian Election 2018 – an opportunity to get involved

 

COTA Victoria are seeking volunteers to talk to local MPs and candidates about issues important to Victorians 50+. If you would like to be a COTA Victoria ambassador to help ... ...

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Getting your $50 power saving bonus

 

Every Victorian household that accesses the State Government’s energy comparison site – where one can find the best electricity and gas deals – will receive a $50 bonus payment from ... ...

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COTA Commends Victorian Opposition’s support for Retirement Housing Ombudsman

 

Media release 26 June 2018 Mathew Guy (Opposition Leader) and Heidi Victoria (Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs) announce they will establish a Retirement Housing Ombudsman if elected in November. According ... ...

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Earn $50 to visit a website: a reminder

 

The Government is offering a $50 bonus to each household that uses the Victorian Energy Compare website between 1 July and 31 December, 2018. You are not even required to ... ...

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Improving support for older Victorian’s dental health

 

The Victorian Oral Health Alliance (VOHA) is an alliance of health, professional and consumer bodies, urging the Government to reverse the decline in access to public dental care. COTA is ... ...

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COTA resources support post-death red tape nightmare

 

Media release 15 May 2018 Council on the Ageing Victoria (COTA) has worked with its retired financial counsellor volunteers and service providers to develop a booklet to help guide people ... ...

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Avoid paying extra fees for bills you receive in the mail

 

Companies may be charging to send your bills by mail – but there are ways to avoid paying extra. Businesses may charge fees to cover the cost of printing and ... ...

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COTA welcomes energy bills busting incentive

 

Media release 23 April 2018 COTA welcomes energy bills busting incentive COTA Victoria has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $50 energy bills busting bonus announced on the weekend, aimed at getting ... ...

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COTA seeks Agenda for Ageing in Victoria

 

COTA Victoria recently led an alliance of 17 organisations at State Parliament, calling on the Victorian Government to develop a state-wide, bi-partisan strategy for ageing that includes all spheres of government. ...

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