CTO releases Position Statement on the incoming Aged Care Reforms

CTO releases Position Statement on the incoming Aged Care Reforms

The upcoming reform of in home aged care currently affects over 1 million Australians, their carers, loved ones and families but ultimately,  it will affect us all. We are all ageing… some of us access these supports already and many of us will need assistance in the future.
Access to transport sits at the heart of a life lived with independence, self determination, and respect.
This is not about more federal funding – it is about spending federal funding right.
We have one opportunity to get this right and the time is now.
Our full position statement is here, we encourage you to read it and share it.
State Election 2023 – Call to Action – Inclusive Transport for ALL

State Election 2023 – Call to Action – Inclusive Transport for ALL

The CTO is calling on the incoming government to implement the following four key initiatives: 

  • That Government subsidised transport be made exempt from the Point-to-Point Passenger Levy.
  • That Community transport be deemed eligible for the Taxi Subsidy Scheme.
  • That the Community Transport Program (CTP) funding program must be expanded to include transport for employment and education purposes, and
  • That the Older Persons Mobility Plan must be reviewed with a focus on promoting a human-centric transport experience. It must recognise the expanded role that supported transport can have in maintaining independence, self-determination, and economic mobility.

If you would like to be involved in this call to action, simply download our two Position Statements, a template letter to local members and a template media release you can adapt to send to your local members and media outlets in the lead up to the election. 

CTO releases draft of our first Reconciliation Action Plan

CTO releases draft of our first Reconciliation Action Plan

Draft Reconciliation Action Plan – A Reflect RAP 2023 – 2024

It is with great pride that the Community Transport Organisation presents the draft of our first Reconciliation Action Plan, a Reflect RAP for 2023-2024. Our RAP will guide us on the reconciliation journey both in our own organisation, and as a peak body, in support of action across the sector

The development of a RAP supports our mission to lead an inclusive community transport sector for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples who engage with the CTO, and our members, whether as an employee, stakeholder, partner, funder, or service user. The CTO are in a position to influence and lead this uplift within the community transport sector and it is our goal to shine a light on best practice.

Our Reflect RAP will provide the opportunity to first look within our sector, to understand the starting point on our Reconciliation journey, and help to chart a path for continued work in this space. We seek to grow our understanding of what an inclusive community transport sector looks like, for both a peak body, and as a service provider in community.

Before we submit our RAP to Reconciliation Australia for final approval, it is important we hear your feedback on what we have proposed. As our intention is to drive Reconciliation initiatives across the CT sector, it is vital that we have your support.

Please take a look over our draft Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, and then share your feedback with us below by Tuesday 21st February, 2023.

For those of you who have not engaged with the RAP process previously, there are certain required deliverables in a RAP which are set out by Reconciliation Australia.

For reference to these, please also see the Reconciliation Australia Reflect RAP template from which our draft RAP was developed.

You can read more about the RAP process on the Reconciliation Australia website

We look forward to hearing your invaluable feedback, and working with you on this important journey going forward

The CTO would like to thank the ongoing contributions of our RAP Working Group who have played an integral role in this process.

Grateful accident victim’s quest to find his heroes leads him to the team at RWCTG

Grateful accident victim’s quest to find his heroes leads him to the team at RWCTG

A few months ago, an unsuspecting driver named Frank was heading south west on the M5 just after the tunnel underneath the runway at Mascot when a truck alongside him moved into his lane and struck his vehicle. Frank’s vehicle spun around, struck the guard rail and ended sideways in front of the truck which then ‘T boned’ the driver’s side.

 A community transport vehicle, full of clients on a social trip, witnessed the accident and immediately stopped to render assistance to Frank. The bus driver and bus assistant  helped Frank out of his vehicle and moved the car to a safer place, then helped Frank back into the community bus for comfort and stayed with him until emergency services arrived.

 Frank was finally taken away in an ambulance with a broken sternum and the very shaken community transport crew and passengers continued on their way. They all thought that was the last they’d heard from Frank until last week when Frank walked in to the office of Randwick Waverly Community Transport (RWCTG) looking for the people who had helped him.

He had already been to five different Community Transport offices so he was relieved and delighted when he finally found his heroes, bus driver Steve and bus assistant Angie at RWCTG! Frank was very grateful that Steve and Angie had taken the time to stop and assist him at the scene of the accident.

Thankfully, Frank has made a full recovery and we thank him for making the effort to personally thank his rescuers. We also want to thank Steve and Angie for the care and support they showed Frank and for the constant care and support they show our customers every day.


Philanthropist and activist Dan Pallotta keeps inspiring with two new thought provoking songs

Philanthropist and activist Dan Pallotta keeps inspiring with two new thought provoking songs

Anyone who was at our 2019 conference will likely never forget the inspirational talk from famous American philanthropist and activist Dan Pallotta.

His thoughts on how the non-profit community has the potential to “change the world” left us with a renewed sense of empowerment, purpose and hope. 

A lot has changed in the world over the past three years since then and not necessarily in ways many of us would hope for, but Dan has continued his undying dedication to changing the way the world thinks about giving, one talk at a time.

A man of many talents, Dan has also written a new book called ‘ The Everyday Philanthropist – A Better Way to Make a Better World ’ and in his spare time, has released two thought provoking singles and music videos – ‘Charity Town’, released just last month, is inspired by the countless US towns that have fallen on hard times in recent years. “This song is about the picture and the people left behind when the future has moved on,” said Dan.

Dan’s other powerful song is simply titled ‘John F Kennedy’ and is best described by Dan himself: “The song is about a dream I had several years ago in which I came down a flight of stairs and saw John Kennedy lying on a table about to die. Carl Jung always said that the characters in your dreams are actually a part of yourself. So it’s not so much a song literally about John F. Kennedy as it is about a part of myself that had been obsessed with the need to achieve something big in order to feel self-actualised, and about the liberation that came from the death of that obsession.”

Sit back and take a listen when you have a moment: ‘Charity Town’ | ‘John F Kennedy’

And you can learn more about Dan Pallotta and his inspirational work at danpallotta.com

Dan’s books: ‘Charity Case – How the Non-Profit Community can stand up for itself and really change the world’ and
‘Uncharitable – How Restraints on Non-Profits undermines their potential’
are available on Dan’s website or via most book retailers. 

CTO celebrates Government decision to delay home care reform agenda

CTO celebrates Government decision to delay home care reform agenda

CTO celebrates Government decision to delay home care reform agenda

It is with great pleasure that we share today’s announcment of  the Federal Government’s decision to delay the implemention of in-home aged-care reforms to 01 July 2024 in line with the Royal Commission recommendations.

Media reports highlighted that the postponement has come ‘amid concern in the sector that the rollout was being rushed’ and explained that the government will ‘use the additional time for consultation in the sector,­ including with older Australians needing additional support, their families and carers, as well as ­service providers and aged-care advocates.’

Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells also asserted that “In-home care, on which more than one million Australians rely, is not an area to make policy on the run… We are returning to the royal commission’s recommendation… and taking the time to address the concerns.”

This is a great achievement for the community transport sector in NSW. The CTO has carried out innovative and sector leading work with the Support at Home Alliance, the Australian Health Services Research Institute and the Centre for Health Service Development to elevate the voice of our industry and ensure that transport is a part of ongoing discussion and co-design efforts.

Recognition that the transition to reform is a serious and time consuming pursuit is the first step in supporting Government to understand the important and life affecting role transport plays in the quality of life for our senior Australians.

Thank you to our members who have supported these efforts with letter writing campaigns and conversations with local members – it has been a great team effort.

Aged Care Minister Anika Wells speaking in parliament – Photo courtesy of The Guardian Newspaper

To learn more…

Read a press release from Minister Wells’ office here

Read the ACCPA Press Release here

Read the Community Care Review article here


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