COTA funding for QLD seniors policies

Council of the Ageing Queensland (COTAQ) has been selected by the Queensland Government to play an important role in representing the interests of older people across the state.


Communities Minister Tracy Davis said COTAQ would receive $375,000 over three years through an innovative Government partnership, the Seniors Advocacy and Research Initiative.


The funding will allow COTAQ to work with non-government organisations which are delivering quality frontline services to older people.


Ms Davis said, “COTAQ will also provide input into the development and implementation of State Government policies, programs and priorities for seniors.


“Through this innovative partnership, older people can expect improvements in the way they receive information about Queensland Government initiatives that affect them.”


Ms Davis announced the beginning of the competitive tender process for the peak funding in August 2013.


She said that the Government has used an open and transparent tender process to select the best organisation to partner with, to improve frontline services for seniors.


“This new partnership replaces previous funding arrangements with the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League.”


Ms Davis said the seniors sector and population was growing in size, diversity and influence.


“We understand that seniors will benefit from receiving information on government decisions, policies, services and programs from a well-connected and trusted peak body,” she said.


COTA Queensland also receives Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities across Queensland.


21 January 2014.