Adequacy of the Age Pension

Everald Compton, Jo Toohey and David Hetherington
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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The Benevolent Society, which is Australia’s oldest charity, has partnered with The Longevity Innovation Hub and Per Capita in preparing a detailed report on the Adequacy of the Age Pension in Australia.

Research commenced a year ago and has involved focus groups and town meetings across Australia as well as an analysis of the findings of many eminent social and economic researchers in recent years.

The report clearly states that the Age Pension is inadequate, gives detailed reasons why and outlines recommendations to governments.

It will be followed by intensive advocacy to all political parties.


Everald Compton

Everald Compton is Chairman of the Longevity Innovation Hub, a not for profit institution implementing the Blueprint for an Ageing Australia.

He was a founding Director of National Seniors Australia in 1976 and served on its Board for 35 years, the last 25 years as Chairman.

In this role in 2008, he negotiated with Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, the largest rise in the Age Pension in the history of Australia.

Subsequently, he was appointed Chairman of the Federal Government’s Advisory Panel on Ageing within the Treasury for three years.

He was admitted to the Order of Australia as a Member in 1992 for services to the community and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to the transport industry as the advocate of the Inland Railway.

Everald is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Certified Practicing Marketer as well as an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast and an Honorary Member of the Senior Common Room at Oriel College Oxford.

He is an Elder of the Uniting Church of Australia and Chairman of the Everald Compton Charitable Trust.

His book ‘The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes, Flynn of the Inland’ was published in April, 2016.

He celebrates his 85th birthday this year.


Jo TooheyJo Toohey has been a passionate advocate for the well-being of older Australians for over 20 years.

She is a Registered Nurse who moved from mental health into aged care. She was previously the Director of Operations for Uniting Care Ageing responsible for managing their residential, independent living and community care services across six regions in NSW and ACT.

She has over 14 years executive level experience, but while she is a believer in a more effective aged care system she is a strong critic of the attempt to reduce discussions about ageing in Australia to a focus on aged care.

Jo is currently the CEO of The Benevolent Society – Australia’s oldest charity – which has been working for and with older Australians since 1813.


David HetheringtonDavid Hetherington is the founding Executive Director of Per Capita. He has previously worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and for L.E.K. Consulting in Sydney, Munich and Auckland.

He has written over 100 major reports, book chapters and opinion pieces on a wide range of economic and social policy issues, including fiscal policy, market design, social innovation, employment, education and training, disability, housing, and climate change.

David has been an expert witness to Parliamentary Committees and frequently speaks at Australian and international conferences, including the Banff Forum and the Progressive Governance Summits. His articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning HeraldThe Age, the Australian Financial ReviewThe Guardian, and The Australian, and he is a columnist for Policy Network’s State of the Left. He was a longstanding contributor to Radio National’s Life Matters and is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV.

David holds a BA with First Class Honours from UNSW and an MPA with Distinction from the London School of Economics where he won the George W. Jones Prize for Academic Achievement.