COTA Australia 2017 National Policy Forum.
The key understanding that underpinned the entire day’s discussions is that secure housing is fundamental to wellbeing. This understanding is allied to the recognition that the great majority of older Australians want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
This does not necessarily mean that all older Australians want to live continuously in the same house, and nor does it necessarily imply that they must own their home, rather than living in rental accommodation. What it does mean, however, is that if older Australians cannot access safe, secure, affordable accommodation that is appropriate to their circumstances then their capacity to lead flourishing lives will be severely diminished. This makes the provision of affordable, accessible and appropriate housing central to COTA Australia’s mission.