Older Canberrans contribute to the ACT in areas of work, volunteering, caring and participating on many boards and committees. The number of older Canberrans is increasing every year and we are committed to ensuring Canberra continues to be both supportive and age-friendly.

Celebrating seniors’ contributions

The ACT Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing provides advice to government on how we can keep Canberra inclusive, valuing and supporting the contributions, and involvement, of older Canberrans.

In consultation with the local community we are developing an Age-Friendly City Plan, to be released in 2020, to set out exactly how we will ensure Canberra remains one of the best places to become a senior Australian as our city grows.

Each year we recognise the long-term contributions of Canberrans who have lived in Canberra for 50 years or more with the Canberra Gold Awards. More than 90 individuals and 12 community groups were recognised at a ceremony on 13 March 2019.

Grants programs

In the past year, our Seniors Grants have provided funding to organisations such as the ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service to deliver an Elder Abuse Prevent and Safeguard Project, the Council on the Ageing ACT for the Hughes Community Garden and to Legal Aid ACT for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elder Abuse Consultation.

Programs and services

The ACT Government has partnered with the Council on the Ageing ACT to deliver the ACT Seniors Card Program and Seniors Week activities in March 2019.

The Older Persons ACT Legal Service provides specialist legal services for older people in the ACT we are experiencing or are vulnerable to elder abuse.

Health care for our seniors

The ACT Government is providing better health care in the community, where and when people need it.

We are strengthening home-based care for older Canberrans, and those in aged care facilities can be treated for free, in a place where they’re familiar and comfortable, through our expanded Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation (GRACE) service.

We are also investing $7.7 million for palliative care. This includes $6 million to expand Clare Holland House, delivering eight more inpatient rooms and better support services for patients, and $1.7 million to improve palliative and end-of-life care coordination of people living in residential aged care facilities.