Publications

The Aged Care system should be respectful of rights, choice and dignity, but there should also be recognition that for many people who are experiencing homelessness, or living in unsuitable or unaffordable housing, there is no real “choice” in aged care, and the focus instead should be accessing the system.
HAAG strongly support any reforms that lead to a system which is easy to navigate and understand, supportive of the wishes of the older person, and well connected with other services.

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Older renters are a key demographic when it comes to rental reform. People over 55 make up the fastest growing segment of the private rental market, a major and growing proportion of social housing tenants, and a key cohort for caravan and residential parks. The government has recognised the needs of older renters as a key concern of the RTA review from the Laying the Groundwork paper onwards. Existing transitional provisions specify certain rental reforms – such as minimum standards – that will only apply to new fixed term or periodic agreements entered into after July 2020. We are concerned this will tend to disproportionately disadvantage older renters.

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NASH's summer newsletter with a focus on older renters in Western Australia

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Housing for the Aged Action Group submission in response to the Regulatory Impact Statement for the proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations 2020

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This joint submission with Consumer Action Law Center focuses on five key areas that have emerged as central to retirement village reform in our casework and in feedback from our members: resident rights, contractual complexity, unfair fees, management standards, and dispute resolution. The case study illustrates the ways these issues are connected and compound each other to the detriment of retirement village residents.

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The Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum is a coali on of organisations working together towards housing justice for older people on low incomes.

Based on widespread consulta on with older people and the community sector in NSW, the Forum has adopted and promotes policy recommendations that are critical to addressing the needs of older people facing housing stress and homelessness.

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Our summer newsletter covers the latest HAAG news including our AGM, new constitution, committee, strategic plan, clients stories, movie reviews, and more!

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Our Strategic Plan details the contexts, objectives and priority actions for our four main strategic pillars.

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Our Annual Report looks back at the 2018-19 financial year, our campaigns, actions and events, the growth of our services, and the many projects under the HAAG umbrella.

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Fiona York, Executive Officer of Housing the for the Aged Action Group, gives evidence to The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety about the obstacles facing older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to accessing Aged Care.

Member and former HAAG client Jenny talked to ABC News about her experience becoming homeless and sleeping in her car.

The fifth NASH News focusses on Co-housing for Seniors, Residential Parks in South Australia, and the homeless "Grey Nomads".

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Our submission to the Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart and Related Payments calls on the government to immediately raise the rate of Newstart, abolish punitive and unrealistic mutual obligation requirements for people aged 55 and over, and invest in affordable housing as a matter of priority to prevent further homelessness amongst older people.

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This submission is based on the experiences of our members and clients living in retirement housing, who have embedded networks in their villages.

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Our spring edition of Older Tenants Voice featuring the usual news, case studies, data, photos and events from Older Tenants Voice, along with a bonus movie review and recipe!

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The video includes recent data on the prevalence of homelessness for older people, what to look out for and when to refer to our Assistance with Care and Housing program.  

If an assessor sees an older person who is living in private rental, they are likely to be at risk. Being single and female increases their risk. By linking them with a support service like the ACH program we can prevent people from falling into a housing crisis.

Home & Housed is our annual publication looking back at the people we’ve housed, the data we’ve collected and the things we’ve learned.

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