The AVP recognises that our elders, who helped make Australia to be what it is today, deserve better than what our current systems provide. The number of pension aged Australians is set to double in the next 40 years, so we need to take action now.
The failures in our systems and authorities during the COVID pandemic must also be addressed and this further detailed within our Government & Media Accountability Policy.
The Australian Values Party will work to achieve the following key immediate objectives within our Aged Care system:
- Clearly define elder abuse and develop a legal framework to hold perpetrators of elder abuse duly accountable.
- Set and maintain higher Nurse ratios within aged care facilities.
- Regulate the nutritional options available to ensure that all aged care facilities are providing appropriate nutrition to residence.
- Introduce proactive measures to keep our ageing population engaged in purpose longer, mobile and active within their communities.
Currently only 14% of our pensioned aged Australians are engaged in employment, whereas similar countries including New Zealand maintain this percentage closer to 25%. We need to take action at all layers of government to better incentivise and support our ageing population to remain engaged in our communities and with purpose, in order to better prevent and delay physical and mental health decline.
The AVP will campaign for initiatives at the Federal Government to better incentivise our ageing population to remain in employment or re-engage in employment options once they reach retirement age. In doing so, we will also work to create opportunities to support our critical employment needs and to capitalise on the experience and knowledge our ageing population can provide to strengthen our society. These options include:
- Exempt employment income from the income test for pensioners with limited means.
- Tailoring employment pathways within the education system eg. as Assistant Teachers / Teacher Aides to complement and support this struggling sector.
- Similar pathways for employment supporting childcare and the development of a suitable compensation scheme for pension aged Australians providing home childcare for relatives.
Additionally, the Australian Values party believes that:
- Aged-care is no place for the ADF. Aged-care facilities need to be adequately staffed by suitably qualified persons.
- Aged-care should have its own ministerial portfolio and should not be shared with another functional area as it currently is i.e. sport.
- Greater transparency of the funding and expenditure within our aged care industry and facilities therein is needed.
Through our proactive and pragmatic policy initiatives, the Australian Values Party will work to ensure that all Australians feel valued at all stages of life, especially our elderly.
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The purpose of the Australian Values Party is to promote a government with a sense of responsibility and accountability to the Australian people, to protect the Australian values and promote the welfare of our Australian people.