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Know your rights at retirement

30 July 2013

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance today launched Your Rights at Retirement - a publication by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

"Planning for this important step in life is so important and the aim of this guide is to make it easier for people to access the information they need to make decisions for the years ahead," Mr Constance said.

Your Rights at Retirement is a one-stop shop reference that will help people navigate services and supports that are part of planning and managing retirement.

It also includes practical information to help protect against scams and dishonest approaches that target seniors.

"For many people it is hard to know where to start and what to plan when it comes to retirement," Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan said.

"There are options for income support, health and aged care, senior's cards, financial planning, superannuation, housing and rent assistance, to name a few - and to find out about each different topic, you have to contact a different government department or other service."

One of the key objectives of the NSW Ageing Strategy is to support people to plan ahead for their retirement in their middle years and for people to be knowledgeable about their rights.

"Financial security in older age, particularly after retirement, increases the number of options available to people," Mr Constance said.

The NSW Government launched the NSW Ageing Strategy in July 2012 with the vision of people in NSW experiencing the benefits of living longer.

Download a copy of Your Rights at Retirement (PDF)

A limited number of hard copies are available. Call the Office for Ageing on 1800 729 368.

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