An initial visit to WA in January has established a number of key contacts in that state as an introduction to the project there.

The visit coincided with discussions with the Housing Authority in WA that is developing a Seniors Housing Strategy and we provided a submission to the Strategy that will soon be available on this page. A number of key organisations were contacted such as Shelter WA and St. Barts and some valuable contacts were made with academics conducting research on older people at Edith Cowan University, the University of WA and the Curtin University. The next phase will include the building of more contacts with a focus on WA being the key focus of the next research phase.

Now that the WA State Election is over we will also follow up with the new government to discuss their perspective on the Seniors Housing Strategy.

The latest Rental Affordability Index found that pensioners are being priced out of the rental market. No surprise to HAAG members who have been feeling the rental squeeze for many years.
 

May 2017

Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) says that the Treasurers budget falls short of delivering housing security for older Australians.
‘The measures put in place in this budget seem to cater mostly for middle-class, income earners and neglect the needs of the most vulnerable; those on government pensions’ says co-manager at HAAG Fiona York.

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Exciting new partnerships are developing for the Project in Tasmania. This week Jeff Fiedler visited Hobart to begin networking and developing links with key housing and older persons organisations.

During the trip Jeff attended an event on May 2 called The Big Squeeze organised by Anglicare. The event highlighted information from their recent national Rental Affordability Snapshot.

On the 1st of May, a group of 140 residents of retirement villages, residential villages, caravan parks and independent living units came together at a Retirement Housing Forum at Victoria University to ensure the inquiry recommendations are seriously considered and acted upon as part of future reform.

The group prioritised a number of the Victorian Government's Parliamentary Inquiry's recommendations.

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 As part of the NSW government’s Ageing Strategy 2016-20, Jeff Fiedler gave a presentation to the Rental Options Roundtable for Older People that was attended by 50 key representatives of agencies in NSW including the Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies.

Welcome to the first Older Tenants Voice for 2017!

This edition explores some of the achievements of HAAG and its members over the past 3 months including Retirement Housing Sector Reform and the expansion of HAAG Assistance for Housing and Care (ACH) services into the Barwon Region We also discuss some of the challenges faced through threatened federal government cuts to essential services.

We also pay our respects to Carmel McMennemin, life-time member of HAAG and pioneer for housing rights in Victoria.

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Ageing on the Edge is a project of Housing for the Aged Action Group, University of Adelaide and the Wicking Trust