ANZ to refund basic account holders

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is refunding around 25,000 customers approximately $5 million after it failed to properly apply some fee reductions and fee waivers.

Caution! diagnosis creep

An editorial in the latest edition of Australian Prescriber suggests that some guidelines prepared by expert panels are broadening definitions of disease. This means more and more healthy people are being labelled as ‘sick’.

SA Stolen Generations reparations scheme now open

The South Australian Government’s Stolen Generations reparations fund was open for applications on 31 March 2016, following the completion of guidelines for the scheme.

New units for seniors in the heart of Mandurah

The Peel region South of Perth will receive 98 additional units for seniors as part of an ongoing community housing project delivered by the Western Australia Government and Bethanie Housing.

Social housing rent reform proposed to stop homelessness

The NSW Government is taking a stance on the “churn’’ of people from social housing to homelessness and is proposing an automatic rent deduction scheme from Centrelink payments.

Victoria responds to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

The Victorian Government will overhaul its broken family violence system from the bottom up, following the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.

Free range egg definition a missed opportunity

ACT Minister for Consumer Affairs, Shane Rattenbury, is disappointed that Ministers at the Consumer Affairs Forum failed to improve animal welfare as part of changes to the definition for free range eggs.

Smoke alarms are no April Fools Day joke

Australians are urged to be smart about their safety this April Fool’s Day and change their home’s smoke alarm batteries today.

A Healthier Medicare for chronically-ill patients

The Federal Government will change care services for Australians with chronic diseases and complex conditions – aiming to keep them out-of-hospital and living at home.

Men not calling the National Dementia Helpline

Men with a diagnosis of dementia or men who are caring for a person with dementia could be missing out on support and information as only one in five callers to the National Dementia Helpline are men.

Many older Australian households asset rich, income poor

Asset rich but income poor is the story for nearly one-third of older Australians in low income households, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Reflecting on keepsakes to help seniors stave off loneliness

Socially isolated seniors in regional New South Wales will explore the meaning of the precious objects in their lives.

Australians intend to work longer

Australians aged 45 years and over are intending to work longer than ever before, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

More energy savings for NSW seniors

New South Wales seniors are being offered more discounts on their energy bills, following the renewal of the AGL Energy’s (AGL) Seniors Energy Gas & Electricity Plans.

Invest with your eyes open – use ASIC's MoneySmart Investing Challenge

Recent Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) research has revealed that one in 10 Australian investors lost money they couldn't afford to lose last year.

Half a million ready to ditch private health insurance

A Galaxy Poll undertaken for iSelect has found that over 500,000 Australians are ready to quit private health insurance with premiums set to rise an average of 5.9 per cent on 1 April 2016.

This Easter, churches will be praying for a rebirth

Death and resurrection are the central themes of the main Christian festival of Easter. And this Easter, these themes are becoming uncomfortably close for thoughtful church leaders.

Death rates in older pensioners – austerity link

A study says cuts in Pension Credit spending as part of the British government’s austerity measures in England have a ‘significant’ link with a rise in death rates among pensioners aged 85 or over.

South Korea’s demographic ageing dilemma

In 1950, 551,000 Koreans or 2.9 per cent of the population were aged 65 or above when the Korean War broke out. In 2014, 6.4 million South Koreans, or 12.7 per cent were aged 65 or above.

Be gas safe this Easter to avoid injury

Holiday makers using portable gas appliances are urged to follow safety instructions this Easter to prevent someone being seriously injured or killed.

Victorian public transport joins Google Maps

Victorians can now plan their public transport journey on Google Maps.