WA’s big­gest sur­vey of re­tirees

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Ben Har­vey Go to /re­tire­ment to make your opin­ion count

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 at­tire­ment 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.”

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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.

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