Strangulation to be a criminal offence in QLD

The Queensland Government will make non-fatal strangulation an offence under the Criminal Code in response to domestic and family violence, to hold perpetrators to account.

Downsizing incentives needed for seniors

Tax incentives such as stamp duty exemption and quarantining the proceeds of the sale of the family home in the pension assets test would help older Australians needing to downsize their homes.

Prostheses over-priced in Australia

The Government’s review of private health insurance must prompt an overhaul of prostheses pricing and regulation.

Austrlaia Post stamps to cost $1

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does not to object to a draft proposal from Australia Post to introduce a basic postage rate of $1 from January 2016.

Disaster assistance for South Australia

Joint Commonwealth-State disaster assistance is available in response to the Pinery fire in the lower mid-north region of South Australia that commenced on 25 November 2015.

Webstercare wins ICT aged care industry award

Medication management systems company Webstercare took the top prize of ICT Innovative Company of the Year 2015.

Tribute to VIC Vietnam Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) Victorian Branch and the Victorian Government are cooperating to give veterans the tribute they deserve.

Tech-savvy seniors encouragement

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today announced a new telecommunications offer that will give NSW Seniors Card holders another incentive to get tech savvy.

Unclaimed money owed to West Australians

Almost $9.9 million in unclaimed money owed to thousands of West Australians has been reported to the Department of Treasury in 2014-15.

Banking family violence guideline development

The banking industry has today announced a review of its financial hardship and financial abuse guidelines.

Independent Retirees launch NT branch

Independent Retirees living in the Northern Territory now have a collective voice on issues which directly affect them.

Independent information desk for seniors launched

Federal Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an independent financial information service for older Australians at Parliament House, Canberra.

Most couples living together before marriage

On Saturday 12 April 2014, Australia echoed to the sound of "I do", as 2,056 couples exchanged vows across the country.

CBA to refund $80 million after failing to apply benefits

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) will refund approximately $80 million to around 216,000 Wealth Package customers.

Mental health moves towards individualised care packages

Australians with a severe and complex mental illness will have access to an integrated care package tailored to their individual needs, as part of broad reforms.

Abuse and neglect of people in institutional and residential settings

A Senate inquiry has issued a report into violence, abuse and neglect towards people with a disability in institutions and in-home care.

Attitudes to domestic violence exposed

The Prime Minister today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, spoke out about Australian attitudes to such violence and the need for cultural change.

Rental Affordability Index exposes stress

Australia’s first rental affordability index was launched on 24 November 2015 reveals some families need to pay as much as 65% of their income to rent a property.

Housing affordability deteriorates

Moody's Investors Service said in a report that housing affordability in Australia has deteriorated significantly over the 12 months to October 2015.

No Jab, No Pay will start 1 January 2016

The Government has effected the passage of legislation designed to lift national immunisation rates and provide a stronger incentive for immunisation.

Survey to give voice to Queensland’s most vulnerable

Older Queenslanders, people with a disability, and their carers are encouraged to have their say about the issues that affect them most, and to highlight poor treatment from businesses and the community.