Message from the Minister for Ageing Coralee O'Rourke
A KEY commitment for the Palaszczuk Government was to establish an Advisory Taskforce on the Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders, and in October, I was pleased to announce this taskforce had been appointed. The primary focus of the taskforce will be to consider the needs of older people and will aim to improve choice, affordability, fairness and independence, while reducing complexity in your transition to aged care. This includes selling the family home, transitioning to retirement villages and remaining close to loved ones. We understand that this issue is important, especially around Christmas time, and I look forward to giving you an update on their findings in the future.
Christmas is an exciting time, but it can also be very stressful for Queenslanders who are stretching their budgets to enjoy some of the holiday cheer. The expense of buying gifts, preparing for Christmas lunch and organising festivities can add up quickly
As a Government, we understand the impact that cost of living pressures can have on older Queenslanders. Which is why this Christmas, we are encouraging seniors to take full advantage of the savings on offer through the Seniors Business Discount Scheme. The scheme is available to Queensland Seniors aged 60 and over, and offers discounts at more than 6200 participating businesses. Savings can be nabbed from goods and services to accommodation and holiday attractions. Some discounts are even extended interstate.
The Palaszczuk Government is committed to providing concessions to help ease the household budget. My department administers $242.9m in concessions and rebates on electricity, life support, reticulated natural gas, water and rates.
The full list of concessions also includes motor vehicle registration, medical aids, public transport and much more. To see the full list of concessions available visit http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors/. The website also includes useful information and resources including financial advice and support, as well as consumer protection guidance.
If you wish to speak to someone, please call the Seniors Advisory Line on 13 74 68.
On behalf of the Palaszczuk Government I wish all Queensland seniors a safe and happy holiday.
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke MP
Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors, and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland.