Research and Surveys

Research and surveys

Reports based on our survey findings can be found on our Findings and Reports page.

Active Surveys 

We welcome responses to the surveys published below from all seniors in the Territory (both COTA and non-COTA members). 

May Federal Budget Survey

We would like to understand if COTA NT Members feel the May Federal Budget will make a difference in their lives. If you are 50+, we invite you to take a couple of minutes of your time to tell us how the measures announced will impact your quality of life.

This survey has been emailed to COTA NT Members (10 May). 

Past Surveys

COTA NT conducts independent surveys, surveys commissioned by government or other agencies. We also help partner organisations promote awareness of their surveys. Reports based on our survey findings can be found on our Research and Reports page.

Do you support changing the Constitution to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament?

In 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum on whether to update the Constitution to include an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. The Voice will be an independent, representative advisory body for First Nations people. It will provide a permanent means to advise the Australian Parliament and Government on the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on matters that affect them.

COTA NT  released a survey (6 February 2023) to its Members and NT stakeholders to ask whether they supported the change. View and complete survey here (this link will take you to a Google form in a new window).

Further information

COTA NT 2022 Is the Territory Age-Friendly? Survey

In the run up to Ageism Awareness Day on the 7 October 2022, COTA released a survey to find out if, or how, older Territorians have been affected by ageism. Our survey into ageism in the Territory aimed to answer the question, “Is the Territory of 2022 a place where every person is valued, connected and respected regardless of their age and health?”

View the Is the Territory Age-Friendly Findings? – 16 January 2023

COTA NT 2022 Cost of Living Survey

  • We revisit our Cost of Living Survey, first completed in 2020 in order to compare the situation two years on. Topics in this survey included: residency in the Northern Territory, demographics, financial security, employment status, employment sector, annual income and highest expense impacting cost of living.

COTA NT Stakeholder Survey

First released on NT Seniors Voice, COTA NT’s Community Engagement Hub 21 June. Survey closes 31 August 2021. The survey is now closed and the Strategic Plan is launching soon.
COTA NT is the peak body representing the rights, interests and futures of senior Territorians. Since 1969, COTA NT has been working towards making positive social change and lobbies government, media and other parties influencing decision-making on topics relevant to seniors including ageism, communications, elder abuse, health, housing, retirement, cost of living, access to aged care, aged care provision and much more.

View the final COTA NT Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026



Your Volunteering Survey May 2021

  • Released on NT Seniors Voice, COTA NT’s Community Engagement Hub Survey Opened 17 May. Survey closed 17 June 2021.
    COTA NT marks National Volunteers Week by showing its appreciation for volunteers every year. Every hour volunteered can be given a dollar amount. Last year, COTA NT volunteers’ contribution could be valued at over $40,000. This survey asked volunteers aged 50+ to tell us about their volunteering hours, so we could sing out about the contribution that senior Volunteers make to the Northern Territory (view findings).

COTA NT Have Your Say – COVID-19 – Survey 2020

Released: March/April 2020
This survey asked our stakeholders to let us know how they were feeling about the current coronavirus crisis at time of survey (March/April 2020). Information provided back to us suggested that our role and support during this time was well-balanced and that all respondents were happy with the level of support and amount of information that they received from us and other reliable news sources (view findings).


StepUp Dementia Research 

  • First published January 2020: Ongoing survey opportunities
    The goal of StepUp for Dementia Research is to make it possible for everyone who wants to be involved in dementia research to get the chance to do so and to help researchers find the people they need. You may asked to be involved in research around topics such as: nutrition, lifestyle, new technology, psychological therapy, physical therapy, drug trial, citizen science, survey/interview, brain imaging, genetic test, cognitive test, social engagement, procedure/treatment. Visit their website to sign up.

COTA NT 2020 Cost of Living Survey

Topics in this survey included: residency in the Northern Territory, demographics, financial security, employment status, employment sector, annual income and highest expense impacting cost of living (view findings).


COTA NT 2019 Seniors Survey

  • Topics in this survey included crime and security, financial security, quality of life and concerns (view findings).

COTA NT 2018 Seniors Survey

Topics in this survey included: quality of life, employment, health, financial security and cost of living, vulnerability, future sentiment and concerns, feelings of value, age discrimination, home and aged care, housing, later life planning, consumer complaints and rights and getting around (view findings).


COTA NT 2014 – 2015 Seniors Survey (Now You See Us)

  • Topics in this survey included: demographics, residency and intentions to stay in or leave the Territory; inter generational connections, information and technology use; employment and income; housing situation and needs; health and well being, security and safety, and quality of life; caring and being cared for; transport and mobility (view findings).

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