Most older Western Australians want to age in the communities they know, where they feel valued and connected to families and friends. But many, especially those on low incomes, struggle to access housing that meets their changing needs.
Ageing with Choice is the State Government’s response to this complex issue and includes a five-year plan to support older Western Australians, particularly those on low to moderate incomes, to access affordable, manageable and stable homes so they can age well in their community of choice. It commits to:
- delivering an increased proportion of homes that can support ageing in place
- trialling innovative housing options for people on low to moderate incomes
- developing targeted responses for vulnerable groups
- improving information and tools so older people can better understand and compare their housing choices.
Ageing with Choice has been informed by extensive consultation with older people, all levels of government, industry and the community sector. By working together, we can:
- improve the availability of affordable and appropriate housing options for older people
- build rich, diverse, age-friendly communities that reduce social isolation
- keep people connected to transport, services and their community.
The directions established in Ageing with Choice has also informed the development of the WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030.
Housing Assistance and Advice
If you are considering housing options
The Seniors Housing Advisory Centre is a free, independent information and advice service covering the full range of housing options for seniors in WA. It is delivered by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The centre does not directly offer housing, or provide financial and legal advice, but can be an invaluable source of information for seniors and their families.
For more information on the many housing options available; from modifying or redeveloping existing homes to renting or moving into a strata titled community, a residential park or retirement village, see the Seniors Housing Advisory Centre web page.
The WA Seniors Card provides a variety of offers for members, including rebates on local government rates and utilities.
Your local Council offers a variety of services to help older people remain in their home.
If you need help around the house or think it’s time to look into aged care homes, visit the Commonwealth’s My Aged Care website.
If you think you may be entitled to apply for public housing
To be eligible for public housing you must meet the Department of Communities eligibility criteria at the time of making an application, while waiting for a house and before an offer is made. Find out more about applying for public housing.