On 19 April 2023, the McGowan Government launched the first State Seniors Strategy that provides a 10-year whole of Government strategy to support older Western Australians.
Extensive consultation occurred in developing the Strategy to ensure the views of seniors and pre-seniors were heard. More than 2,600 people including older people and pre-seniors, community services providers, peak bodies, state government agencies, local government agencies and other key stakeholders participated in the consultation through face-to-face and online consultation sessions, a hardcopy and online survey, phone interviews and submissions.
The Strategy will guide whole of community actions and provide guidance to Government and the community, so that ‘Western Australian seniors feel valued, safe, and empowered to lead happy and fulfilling lives in age-friendly communities.’ The Strategy has a strong focus to ensure that Seniors in WA have the opportunity to:
- thrive physically, mentally and spiritually
- live in safe and age-friendly communities
- stay connected and engaged
- have views that are heard.
The Strategy is accompanied by the first five-year Action Plan (2023-2027) that sets out a range of actions including a comprehensive campaign to tackle ageism in WA.
Digital literacy of older Aboriginal people
A program to support older Aboriginal people to further develop their digital literacy skills.
The program will focus on how to access online government services, seek information on elder abuse and scams and find out what is happening in the community.
$50, 000 funding has been allocated to deliver education sessions for up to 600 people in regional Western Australia.