Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Queensland: an age-friendly community

What is an age-friendly community?

An age-friendly community is where older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community. They can stay in touch with people they care about and find the services and support they need. Age-friendly communities are more liveable for everyone.

Strategic direction statement

The Queensland: an age-friendly community - Strategic direction statement (PDF, 1 MB) Queensland: an age-friendly community - Strategic direction statement (DOCX, 18 KB) was launched by the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Premier and Minister for the Arts and the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland on 20 April 2016. The strategic direction statement provides a framework that builds on the existing work and investment made by government.

The strategic direction statement was developed following an extensive consultation process that involved many people across the state including people from multicultural communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and the LGBTI community. The Queensland Government also held forums with community and seniors groups, university experts, local government, the Australian Government and state government agencies.

There were more than 9,000 responses to an online community survey on how Queensland can be more age-friendly.

Action plan and implementation schedule

On Wednesday 22 June 2016, the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action plan (PDF, 1.5 MB) Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action plan (RTF, 233 KB) which provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland.

The action plan also includes activities and initiatives as committed in the government’s response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of existing financial protections for Queensland’s seniors.

Timeframes for progressing actions are outlined in the accompanying Implementation schedule for 2016-17 and 2017-18 (PDF, 149 KB).

Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program

The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program will provide $1 million per annum for three years from 2017-18 to seed fund community projects that involve partnerships between local government, community and not-for-profit organisations, research organisations and the private sector to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Each year, the age-friendly community grants program will focus on two or three different age-friendly domains. Transport, housing and outdoor spaces and buildings were the focus of the 2017-18 grants program.

The 2017-18 grants program is now closed.

Residential Transition of Older Queenslanders

The Queensland Government appointed an Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition of Older Queenslanders to explore emerging issues in meeting the housing and related needs of older people. 

The primary focus of the Taskforce was to make recommendations to address gaps in housing supply and related support needs of older people. 

The Taskforce delivered 21 key recommendations, in the Final report of the Residential Transition of Older Queenslanders (PDF, 4.7 MB) Residential Transition of Older Queenslanders (DOCX, 4.3 MB).

The Taskforce report informed the Government of the emerging housing and related needs of older people.  By responding to these needs, as reflected in the Government Response (PDF, 829 KB) Government Response (RTF, 231 KB), the Queensland Government will facilitate a more age-friendly Queensland where older Queenslanders can retain their independence into their senior years and control how and where they live.

A number of Taskforce recommendations have been incorporated in the new Queensland Housing Strategy 2017-2027 and will be operationalised through the Strategy.

The Queensland Government has accepted the 21 recommendations made in the report with 18 recommendations fully supported and three supported in principle.

Resources - Queensland: an age-friendly community

The Queensland Government has developed age-friendly resources in accordance with the World Health Organization's age-friendly cities model. 

The Queensland: an age-friendly community domain information (PDF, 534 KB) Queensland: an age-friendly community domain information (RTF, 269 KB) provides guidance on how to achieve each of the eight age-friendly domains with practical examples.

The Age-friendly communities good practice review (PDF, 551 KB) Age-friendly communities good practice review (RTF, 681 KB) provides contemporary examples of successful age-friendly community work around Australia and overseas.

Age-friendly model

There is an increasing emphasis on planning towards ‘age-friendly’ cities and communities that are designed to value the contribution of older people and ensure their access to all aspects of community life.

The World Health Organization developed an age-friendly cities model in 2007 and more recently an age-friendly world model. These models are based on 8 domains that assess a community’s age-friendliness, which are:

  1. transportation
  2. outdoor spaces and building
  3. housing
  4. respect and social inclusion
  5. social participation
  6. communication and information
  7. civic participation and employment opportunities
  8. community support and health services.

The age-friendly approach is recognised globally as a useful and effective way to improve the lives of older people. However, it also benefits people of all ages.

An age-friendly community ensures people are free from age-related barriers that prevent their participation and inclusion. Older people are most likely to experience these types of barriers so they are likely to benefit most from an age-friendly approach.

Policies, services and structures are designed to support and enable older people to live in safety, enjoy good health, and continue to participate fully in society, accessing services as needed.

Queensland has an ageing population, a trend that is consistent with many countries across the world. About 14% of Queensland's population (or nearly 660,000 people) was aged 65 years and over in 2014. This is projected to rise to almost 20% by 2036. 

For this reason, we have adopted the age-friendly approach as a basis for this new strategy for older Queenslanders. 

The strategy will provide us an age-friendly vision for the whole community to work towards.

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