The Department implements initiatives and strategies that support older people in ageing safely, happily, with dignity and respect. This includes elder abuse prevention and support, grants and funding, age-friendly communities, WA Seniors Card, WA Seniors Week and COVID-19 support information.
Seniors and Ageing
The Department of Communities is committed to supporting older Western Australians through a number of key initiatives and strategies.
The WA Seniors Strategy is a whole-of-government 10-year strategy being developed by Communities to support older Western Australians to live their best life as they age.
Communities administers the WA Seniors Card program, which enables members to access a range of State Government concessions and exclusive business discounts to assist with the costs of living.
Communities supports the development of age-friendly communities in Western Australia.
The WA Strategy to Respond to the Abuse of Older People 2019-2029 is WA’s first ever 10-year strategy on elder abuse. As the lead agency, Communities coordinates WA’s response to elder abuse and works to increase awareness of this issue and to build greater collaboration to combat elder abuse.
Communities collaborates with key stakeholders to deliver elder abuse support services to Western Australians. Communities also provides a range of elder abuse prevention and awareness resources.
Communities funds COTA WA to deliver the Vulnerable Seniors Peak Body, which aims to protect seniors including harder to reach groups such as Aboriginal people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The United Nations has declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. Communities supports the declaration and provides information and resources to help combat ageism, reduce age discrimination, and promote healthy ageing.
Ageing with Choice is a five-year plan to support older Western Australians to access affordable, manageable and stable homes so they can age well in their community of choice.
Communities provides a range of grants and funding opportunities across the seniors and ageing portfolio.
Communities is working closely with the Department of Health to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Royal Commission was established in October 2018 and handed down its final report on 26 February 2021.
WA Seniors Card members are invited to share photos that reflect the lives of seniors and their interests across the State.
WA Seniors Week 2022 is 6 – 13 November
How we're supporting Grandcarers across Western Australia.