Ageing on the Edge – National Action Project is underway in New South Wales, with key groups coming together to plan for action. A Reference Group Meeting was held on the 18th of May the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and was attended by representatives of Homelessness NSW, The Mercy Foundation, Aged Care Services Australia, The Tenants Union, The Benevolent Society as well as Family and Community Services.

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.


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.