COTA (ACT) provides a range of direct services which are
    partially supported through membership contributions.

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  • What We Do


    We work with older Canberrans to shape a more just and equitable community
    in which older people participate and contribute to their fullest capacity.

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  • Support Services


    COTA (ACT) provide a range off direct services which are
    partially supported through membership contributions.

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  • ACT Seniors Week 2017

    ACT Seniors Week 2017

    The ACT Seniors Week is a COTA ACT initiative supported by the ACT Government.
    With a fantastic variety of exhibitors in a bigger and better venue, this year’s expo
    will be an essential visit on your Seniors Week to do list!

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  • Our Work


    Our current initiatives include: Communications, Policy,
    Programs, Projects
    and Services.

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  • Nominations for election to the Board of Management of the Council on the Ageing (ACT) are currently open.
    Nominations close Monday 17 October 2016.

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    The COTA ACT Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday 26 October 2016.
    11am, followed by lunch at the Hughes Community Centre.
    Members and Friends of COTA ACT are welcome.
    For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 24 October to p: 6282 377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Get on Board for Seniors Week 2017 

    ACT Seniors Week Logo 2017

    The 2017 Seniors Expo is fast approaching!

    In 2016, the Seniors Expo exhibition's maxed out well before the Expo. This year we are opening up exhibition bookings early to give organisations the ability to plan in advance.
    The Seniors Week Expo is one of the highlights of the Seniors Week calendar, attracting more than 2,000 seniors who connect with the 150+ exhibitors. To be held on Thursday 23 March 2017, Seniors Week Expo, at Exhibition Park Canberra, the Expo will enable you to target the largest, growing sector of consumers in Australia. 
    Download our Seniors_Week_Expo_registration_2017.pdf to book your spot now. For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    Can't make it to the Expo?
    No problem! There are a number of ways you can get involved.

    ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free events held across the ACT by government, community and commercial organisations.

    The objectives of Seniors Week are:
    • Encourage older people to live healthy an active lifestyles all year round.
    • Demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure.
    • Celebrate older people and their continuing contribution to family, friends, workplaces and communities, and across generations


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  • Many older residents of the ACT will find it more difficult to make ends meet following the announcement of tougher eligibility rules for concessions and rebates in the 2016/17 budget.

    Handed down on Tuesday by Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, the budget tightens the eligibility age of ACT Seniors Card holders which will increase to 65 years from 60 years at present.

    This means that from 1 July 2017, Seniors Card eligibility will increase to 61 years, then rise by one year every two years until 2025.

    The budget also contained an overhaul of concessions.

    From 1 July 2017, the energy and utility concession and the water and sewerage rebate will be combined into one concession.

    Homeowners will see a reduction in their utilities benefit, with the $850 yearly concession to home owners cut to a maximum of $600 a year, in line with the benefit paid to renters.

    As for general rates, around 3,000 households classed as ‘uncapped’, will have their rebates frozen at $700 from 1 July 2016, the same level as the highest rebate available under the ‘capped’ scheme.

    Rates will also rise by 4.5 per cent from 1 July 2016 and then by 7 per cent a year from 2017/18.

    Rate payers will also be levied $30 to help fund a domestic violence prevention program.

    Not only will many people be faced with higher charges and lower rebates, some will also have to wait longer to access benefits, such as those attached to the Seniors Card.

    This could be even more difficult if they are also faced with rates rises on their properties.

    The extra charges will make it harder for many older people to make ends meet, particularly if they are on low, fixed incomes. 

    http://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/budget-2016- 2017/fact-sheets/concessions

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  • The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight the often silent suffering of older people. The Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011.

    This is the one day of the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some defenceless older people. As former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002: “We will all grow old one day — if we have that luck.”

    In many parts of the world elder abuse occurs with little recognition or response. It is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.

    Even today, elder abuse continues to be a taboo, mostly underestimated and ignored by societies across the world. Evidence is accumulating, however, to indicate that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem.

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New ACT Seniors Card Directory Website

Seniors CardThe brand new ACT Seniors Card Directory website has just been launched. The ACT Seniors Card website contains information about obtaining an ACT Seniors Card, finding participating businesses, special offers and discounts, and information for businesses about how to participate.



  • ACT Seniors Cards
  • The Seniors Information Line
  • Referrals to community organisations
  • Services for older people and their carers
  • Social Groups & Support Groups


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Hughes Community Centre
Wisdom Street Hughes ACT 2605
PO Box 5566 Hughes ACT 2605
Telephone: 02 6282 3777
Fax: 02 6285 3422
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