Strategy and reporting

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 of Queensland and Minister for Trade and the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Ses and Seniors 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

In June 2016, Minister O’Rourke 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. The final report (PDF, 668 KB) final report (DOCX, 58 KB) regarding implementation of the Inquiry’s recommendations is now available.

The Action Plan (PDF, 436 KB) Action Plan (DOCX, 186 KB) been updated to reflect current actions to be progressed by the Queensland Government.

Timeframes for progressing actions are outlined in the accompanying Implementation schedule for 2017-18 and 2018-19 (PDF, 950 KB) Implementation schedule for 2017-18 and 2018-19 (DOCX, 436 KB).

Age-friendly report card 2018-19

The age-friendly report card 2018-19 (PDF, 283 KB) age-friendly report card 2018-19 (DOCX, 32 KB)highlights some of the key achievements of the Queensland: an age-friendly community Action Plan.

The third year of implementation of the Action Plan delivered further initiatives to help support seniors and develop an age-friendly Queensland across the eight domains, including:

  • implementation of the Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program
  • over 269,447 Seniors Card +go issued in total - an increase of 30,000 from the previous year
  • over 27,000 seniors are active members of the Taxi Subsidy Scheme
  • 2,768 seniors received information and advice through RentConnect's Advisory Services to assist in securing private rental accommodation
  • six new seniors legal and support services and financial protections services provided
  • 13 age-friendly regional workshops were held across Queensland to build capacity and understanding of local communities to use an age-friendly approach
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative supported 6143 mature-aged jobseekers to gain skills or undertake new qualifications and training
  • B.OLD short films to challenge negative stereotypes about ageing were shown at six film festivals across Queensland.

 The report card for 2018-19 also outlines some of the key work to be delivered in 2019-2020, including:

  • pop-up stalls in shopping centres across Queensland to assist seniors to apply for a Seniors Card and link with Queensland Government concessions and support services
  • working to raise awareness and address elder abuse in Queensland, including working with the Australian Government to implement the National Plan to respond to the abuse of older Australians
  • supporting Queensland seniors to manage the cost of living through access to Seniors Card, Carers Cards and the Seniors Business Discount Card, and access to a range of Queensland Government concessions.