Queenslanders want a vibrant and prosperous state where everyone has the opportunity to lead an active lifestyle, live in a healthy community, and participate in the economy.
Through the Office for Seniors, Carers and Volunteering, the department leads Queensland Government initiatives focusing on the opportunities and challenges of our ageing population and older people's issues.
Our strategic direction statement, Queensland: an age-friendly community, outlines the government's approach to achieving its vision of a community where the contributions of seniors are valued and older people are able to lead healthy and productive lives in work, volunteering or retirement. We work with other Queensland Government agencies to implement a range of age-friendly initiatives outlined in the strategy's Action Plan Action Plan .
We invest in a range of initiatives to enhance the wellbeing and participation of older Queenslanders:
A statewide information and referral service for older Queenslanders, grandparents and their family, friends and carers.
Provides information, respite and support for grandparents raising their grandchildren through camps and recreational activities throughout Queensland.
Provides older Queenslanders with discounts on a wide range of goods and services.
A range of concessions, rebates and assistance are available to assist eligible Queenslanders with the cost of living.
Provides a statewide telephone information, support and referral service for anyone who is experiencing elder abuse or is concerned about someone they know. Also provides community education and awareness activities.
Provides free legal and support services for seniors concerned about elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation.
Range of programs and activities that focus on increasing older people’s awareness of healthy lifestyle options, reducing social isolation and strengthen personal and community connectedness.
Promotes positive attitudes towards older people and ageing, and encourages older people to lead active lifestyles.
Recognises the valuable contribution grandparents make to their families and communities.
Raises awareness of common elder abuse behaviours and encourages people experiencing elder abuse—and those who suspect someone they know is being abused—to call the Elder Abuse Helpline for advice and support.
The department provides funding to the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland to provide information on seniors programs and services, work with other non-government organisations to improve the quality of services for older people, and provide advice to government on seniors’ issues.