Looking for Information?

Looking for Information? Below is a list of frequently requested topics and links for more information.

Looking for Information?

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Seniors Information COTA Victoria has information on a wide range of topics. Follow the links below to find out more information on frequently requested topics.

Aged Care

Are you a family member or friend requiring aged care services?

Age Pensions

Want to know the current income rates for the age pension? What about the assets test?

Concession Cards

Do you know what Concessions Cards are available to you?

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

For help with Elder Abuse phone Seniors Rights Victoria on : 1300 368 821

Community education

Seniors Rights Victoria has a series of publications and community educations kits about Elder Abuse prevention – they are available in 6 different community languages.

Utilities

Holders of some concession cards may be eligible for discounts on electricy and gas bills

The Commonwealth Government Energy Supplement is a payment to help with energy costs. Details of eligibility can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

Victorian Energy Compare is a free, independent energy price comparison tool. It uses information you provide about both your household and your energy bills to help find the best energy offers for you.

Finance

Want to save on power? Need some financial assistance?  Find out what services are available.

Housing Options

Retirement Villages, Independent Living Units, Abbeyfield Houses, Homeshare and other housing options. Go to Accommodation for more information on Housing Options for Older Victorians.

Rural Living

Retiring to a rural community? Click here to view things to investigate and consider

Legal

Legal Information on a wide range of topics for seniors.  For more information on Legal topics look here

End of Life Information

In mid-2016, the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee reported on an inquiry into end of life choices, recommending that Victoria introduce a legal framework for assisted dying. The Victorian Government is now deciding whether to implement the recommended reforms.

COTA have put together two information sheets with a summary of the reforms. Please follow the Links below to view a copy of them:

Assisted Dying Reform in Victoria

Advance Care Planning Reform in Victoria

Also you can visit our list of links to assist you in thinking through the issues.

More information about End of Life and Palliative Care

LGBTIQ+ Resources

A source of information to assist older LGBTI people in Victoria.

Seniors Clubs

Where can I find a seniors club and how can I support my club? For more information on seniors clubs look here

Social & Wellbeing

Get rid of that stress, feel good about yourself and stay healthy and connected. For more information on physical activity and social groups for older adults look here.

Other Useful Links

For links to useful state and local government websites click here

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? 

Call 1300 13 50 90 to speak to an information officer for more information

4 Responses to Looking for Information?

  1. S. Hadi says:

    I am 65 and will be ave pension January next year. Currently I am on new start allowance which is the only income for me and my wife as she is holding provisional spouse visa and not entitled for any government payment. We are living in a rental unit and paying $1148 monthly which we can not afford it with a single Centrelink payment. Therefore, I urge your help by advising me how to get affordable housing.

    With best regards.

  2. Brenda Lacey says:

    Hi Selah, We have a database with information about low cost accommodation. I will send you an email to find out more information from you. You can also contact our Information officer on 1300 13 50 90.

  3. Michele Rochecouste says:

    I am looking for the V Line network information to choose where to use the free off peak travel voucher for my husband and I.

  4. Brenda Lacey says:

    Hi Michele,
    Information about the VLine network can be found at https://www.vline.com.au/. Public Transport Victoria have information about exchanging your vouchers for tickets –
    https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/fares/other-free-travel-and-vouchers/free-travel-vouchers/
    Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact our information line – 1300 13 50 90 from 9:30am to 100pm weekdays.

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