The Federal Treasurer to speak at COTA forum on retirement income and policy

22 Feb 2021

Australia’s National Policy Forum on 26 February, discusses the Retirement Income Review and the future of retirement policy
** KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer of Australia **

Friday 26 February 2021 9:45am – 4pm
Sales for online tickets closes 25 February.  –

  • Online A$400.00
  • Online (NFP/Community Sector discount) A$200.00
  • Online (COTA Organisation Members) A$125.00

Keynote address | Lunchtime debate | Panel discussions | Soapboxes

 The future of retirement income policy – including pensions, superannuation and the role of housing – will come under the spotlight as the nation’s decision-makers and policy experts canvass the implications of the Retirement Income Review at the Council on the Ageing’s National Policy Forum on 26 February.

The full day conference includes debate, panel discussions, soapboxes and a keynote address from Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Treasurer of Australia. Territorians can attend online and have until 25 February to purchase tickets.

 “This is a rare opportunity to hear what the Treasurer has to say about retirement income and policy in the run up to the May Budget,” says Sue Shearer CEO of COTA NT, “I urge Territorians interested in superannuation and retirement policy to attend if they are able too.”

 The full day forum held at the National Press Club in Canberra streamed virtually includes:

  • A keynote address by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg
  • Debate between Minister for Superannuation Jane Hume and Shadow Minister Stephen Jones
  • The first appearance of the Retirement Income Review panel, Mike Callaghan AM, Carolyn Kay and Dr Deborah Ralston.
  • Other expert speakers include Professor John Piggott AO, Director, Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research; Professor Hazel Bateman, UNSW; David Knox from the Mercer Retirement Index; and Jeremy Cooper, Challenger and former Chair of the Superannuation Review.

“COTA’s National Policy Forum will kick off a multi-partisan discussion that doesn’t just re-hash the findings of the Retirement Income Review but looks to the pressing question of what comes next. Based on evidence not pre-determined positions. The issue of retirement income has been highly politicised over the last few years, sadly to the detriment of rational debate on one of the biggest long term policy challenges of our time,” says Mr Yates, COTA Chief Executive.

“A diverse range of experts from across the political spectrum are bringing their ideas to the table; not just on superannuation, but also housing, the age pension, tax concessions, equity release and all the policies and mechanisms that make up our retirement income system. This is an important event which will has been designed for industry and policy professionals who want to get on top of the debates that will shape the ageing and superannuation sectors over  coming years, starting with this year’s Federal Budget.”


Media contact: Ian Yates 0418 835 439; Hannah Craft 0423 377 965

Media contact NT: Sue Shearer, CEO, COTA NT  08 8941 1004

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