Retiring into Poverty

19 Sep 2018

Retiring into Poverty: A National Plan for Change Increasing housing security for older women

This report was launched at Parliament House Canberra on 23 August. This important national document outlines the issues facing older women living in housing insecurity or homelessness and identifies needed changes to policies and programs.

Read the report here: Retiring into Poverty: A National Plan for Change: Increasing housing security for older women

The report was produced by the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group:

  • Felicity Reynolds, CEO, Mercy Foundation (National, based in New South Wales)
  • Jeanette Large, CEO, WPI (Victoria)
  • Dr Maree Petersen, Academic, The University of Queensland (Queensland)
  • Dr Alice Clark, CEO, Shelter SA (South Australia)
  • Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects Inc. (Queensland)
  • Jeff Fiedler, National Development Worker, Housing for the Aged Action Group (Victoria)
  • Frances Crimmins, CEO, YWCA Canberra (Australian Capital Territory)
  • Dr Selina Tually, Academic, The University of Adelaide (South Australia)
  • Gloria Sutherland, Women’s health researcher, The University of Notre Dame (Western Australia)
  • Sally Kingdon Barbosa, CEO, Midland Women’s Health Care Place (Western Australia)
  • Debbie Georgopoulos, CEO, Women’s Housing Company (New South Wales)
  • Helen Dalley-Fisher, Manager, Equality Rights Alliance (National – based in Australian Capital Territory)

One of they key issues highlighted by the report was women’s lack of superannuation as a result of being out of the workforce raising children and caring for family. A few weeks after the report was launched in Canberra, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledged a $400 million plan to deliver top-up payments for thousands of women (or men) on parental leave.  A great start to addressing this issue. Read more here.