WA’s biggest survey of retirees
People living in the Capes enjoying their golden years are being given the unprecedented opportunity to shape government policy and influence the types of services offered to them when the Times launches the State’s biggest-ever survey of retirees.
Retirees and those who are about to stop work and enjoy life after the nine-to-five are encouraged to fill out the Retirees’ Voice survey form, which is live at thewest.com.au/retirement until Friday.
As well as being able to give voice to their concerns and worries — and send a message to politicians and businesses that retirees should not be ignored — respondents have the chance to win one of four Nikon Coolpix B500 cameras.
And you don’t need to have finished work to take part. The survey, which is presented by WA Super, is designed to identify the issues that are important to established retirees as well as baby boomers who only recently stopped work or are about to. The survey, which is being run by respected research house CoreData, takes about 15 minutes to fill out and can be done anonymously. Questions being asked relate to superannuation and the aged pension, whether seniors want to stay living in the family home or downsize to an apartment or retirement village, how well the aged care system is functioning and the social impact of stopping work. Retirees will have the chance to explain how well life after work is going for them and what could be done to improve their lifestyles. “West Australian Newspapers has been an advocate for seniors for a long time and the Retirees’ Voice survey is the latest way we are ensuring we remain a strong voice for this State’s seniors,” editor of The West Australian Brett McCarthy said. “The retirement of the baby boomer generation is one of the most profound generational changes in history and we are determined to ensure out stable of newspapers remains important to West Australians who are no longer in the workforce.
“It seems that politicians and businesses can often take seniors for granted and we are sure that the Retirees’ Voice survey will give policymakers and corporate leaders pause for thought about how they engage with retirees.”
Results from the survey will be analysed in coming weeks and printed in a special series of reports to be published next month.
CoreData’s WA director, Kristen Turnbull, said a lot of time had gone into the questions to ensure the most accurate picture of the views of retirees.
“CoreData has been conducting research on Australia’s retirees for more than a decade, but this survey provides an opportunity to gauge the unique perspective of West Australians in this important life phase,” she said.
“Our experience means we know how important it is to frame the questions in a way that brings the key issues facing West Australian retirees to life, ensuring the results are heard loud and clear by those responsible for servicing our seniors.
“We encourage anyone approaching retirement or already retired from full-time work to jump online and make your opinions count.”
Issues that are important to established retirees as well as baby boomers who only recently stopped work or are about to are being canvassed in the survey.