The Department of Communities supports the development of age friendly communities. The Department encourages local governments to embrace the World Health Organisation's age-friendly communities concept of considering and planning for the ageing of the community.
Age friendly communities are those that are inclusive and accessible for people of all ages. This encompasses spaces and places and programs and initiatives that make a community better for all residents including children, young people, parents and seniors.
An age-friendly community is one that:
- recognises the great diversity among older people
- promotes their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community life
- respects their decisions and lifestyle choices, and
- anticipates and responds to age-related needs and preferences.
An age-friendly community benefits everyone by creating a culture of inclusion enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
World Health Organisation affiliation
In 2017, the State of Western Australia was accepted as an affiliate member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
Age friendly communities local government grants are an opportunity for local governments to develop or implement policies, services and structures that improve the quality of life of community members as they age.
To date, 70 local governments have received age-friendly funding through the grant program to help them undertake age friendly planning.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to local governments that have not previously received funds through the program to undertake age friendly and community engagement planning.
Grants of up to $20,000 are available to local governments to implement and deliver innovative projects linked to age friendly and strategic community plans. Projects should be delivered in partnership with other local governments, community, private or non-government organisations.
Age-friendly Interagency Group
The Department convenes the Age-friendly Interagency Group (AFIG). The AFIG membership includes representatives from 14 key State Government agencies, the City of Melville and the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
The group meets regularly to identify and share information on key issues affecting Western Australian seniors and facilitate the development and promotion of strategic responses through either a whole of government approach, individual agency responses, or cross-sector collaborations and partnerships.
On 28 June 2016, AFIG held the first Age-friendly Western Australia Workshop in collaboration with the Department and Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing. The aim of the workshop was to highlight innovative and collaborative practices that are achieving real outcomes, as well as to provide information about the age-friendly communities approach.
Following the workshop the International Federation on Ageing posted a blog.
For more information contact the Department of Communities.
Age-friendly Communities Network
Local Government Managers Australia WA supports an age-friendly approach and offers networking
opportunities for staff in all levels of government, service delivery
organisations, academia and business entities through its Age-friendly