WA Seniors Strategy

The WA Seniors Strategy is a 10-year whole-of-government strategy being developed by the Department of Communities to support older Western Australians 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

State-wide consultation for the WA Seniors Strategy was undertaken from November 2021 to October 2022, with more than 2300 Western Australians taking part.

Building on the valuable insights gained from the consultation process, the Department of Communities has developed a draft vision, pillars and key focus areas to guide the development and delivery of the Strategy and is keen to gain community feedback.

We would like to hear from:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over
  • non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 65 years and over
  • people approaching their senior years (Aboriginal people aged 45-54 and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55-64 years).

To take part, please read the consultation document, which provides further detail about the draft vision, pillars and key focus areas, and complete the online survey by 16 December 2022.

Alternatively, you can take part in an online consultation session on Tuesday 6 December from 10am - 11:30 am. Please register through Eventbrite.

Background

Around the world, due to improved life expectancies and low fertility, the population is ageing. And Western Australia is no exception. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 21.8 per cent of the WA population was aged 60 years and over in 2021. This is estimated to increase to 24.7 per cent by 2031.

The WA Seniors Strategy is a 10-year whole-of-government strategy being developed by Communities to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds 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 strategy will include a series of 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 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‚Äôs needs.
Page reviewed 30 November 2022