WA Seniors Strategy

The WA Seniors Strategy is a whole-of-government 10-year strategy being developed by the Department of Communities to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds throughout the state to live their best life as they age.

In November 2021, the State Government announced the development of the 10-year WA Seniors Strategy which is expected to be launched in 2023.

Consultation open now!

Communities is keen to hear the thoughts and opinions from older Western Australians!

We would like to hear from you if you are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over.
  • Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 65 years and over.

We would also be interested in hearing from you if you are approaching your senior years to identify any emerging themes or issues (Aboriginal people 45 to 54 years old and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 55 to 64 years old).

Consultation sessions

Consultation sessions are being held across Western Australia from 2 May to 8 June 2022 with sessions scheduled in these locations:

Albany, Armadale, Bassendean, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Karratha, Kununurra, Mandurah, Nedlands, Northam, South Hedland, and Wanneroo.

IPS Management Consultants are facilitating the consultation sessions on behalf of Communities.

For further details about the consultation sessions, and to register your attendance at one of the sessions, please visit the IPS Management Consultants website.

Due to the increased presence of COVID-19 in the community, the consultation sessions are being offered in a hybrid format where possible which means they will be available for both in-person and online participation.

One-on-one phone interviews are available for people who are unable to attend a consultation session. If you would like to book an interview, please contact IPS Management Consultants (available 8am to 3pm, Monday to Friday):

Survey

A short online survey is now available and will be open until 31 May 2022.

Start the online survey now

Hard copy surveys can also be made available upon request. These have been prepared as a reply-paid postcard, which means it can be submitted by mail at no cost.

To order the hard copy surveys, please contact the WA Seniors Strategy team at seniors@communities.wa.gov.au or by phone on 0432 840 768. Alternatively, you can send your request by post to:

Department of Communities
Seniors and Ageing
Locked Bag 5000
Fremantle WA 6969

Please place your request by 6 May 2022. Communities will be accepting hard copy submissions until 27 May 2022.

Translated survey

The online survey has been translated into the four main languages spoken at home in WA: Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, and Arabic. You can change the language by selecting from the drop-down menu at the top-right of the survey page.

Translated hard copy surveys can also be made available upon request. These have been prepared as a reply-paid postcard, which means it can be submitted by mail at no cost.

To order the hard copy surveys, please contact the WA Seniors Strategy team at seniors@communities.wa.gov.au or by phone on 0432 840 768. Alternatively, you can your request by post to:

Department of Communities
Seniors and Ageing
Locked Bag 5000
Fremantle  WA  6969

Please place your request by 6 May 2022. Communities will be accepting hard copy submissions until 27 May 2022.

Background

Around the world, due to improved life expectancies and low fertility, the population is ageing. And Western Australia is no exception. As at 30 June 2020, 20.8 per cent of the WA population was aged 60 years and over and this is predicted to increase to 24.7 per cent by 2031.

The WA Seniors Strategy is a whole-of-government 10-year strategy being developed by the Department of Communities to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds throughout the state to live their best life as they age.

Communities is developing the WA Seniors Strategy in consultation with older Western Australians, community services providers, peak bodies, state government agencies, local government, and other key stakeholders.

The whole-of-government strategy, which is expected to launch in 2023, will include a series of two-year action plans that will connect, coordinate, and evaluate activities across government agencies.

The Strategy will aim to:

  • Support older Western Australians of all backgrounds throughout the state to achieve better life outcomes.
  • Help guide whole-of-community efforts to support older Western Australians to live their best life as they age.
  • Be implemented through two-year action plans that will connect, coordinate, and evaluate activities across State Government agencies.
  • Align with other State Government strategies and priorities that address older people’s needs.
Page reviewed 9 May 2022