The Victorian Government's response to the Commissioner for Senior Victorian's report Ageing is everyone's business: a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorianswas launched on 14 April 2016. The report reveals that isolation and loneliness is a significant issue for Victoria's ageing population.

Download the Government response to Ageing is everyone's business (PDF 86KB) or (MS Word 46KB).

The Age-Friendly Victoria initiative

As part of the response, the Age-Friendly Victoria initiative was launched. Age-friendly communities encourage active ageing and optimise opportunities for good health, social and community participation for Victorian seniors. The initiative aims to promote the inclusion of older people and support services, business and community leaders to better plan for the needs of seniors and enhance the quality of life for people as they age.Age Friendly Victoria will deliver $2.2 million over four years in grants for age-friendly projects led by councils.

Age-Friendly Declaration

The Victorian government is committed to progressing an Age-friendly Victoria and  signed an Age-Friendly Declaration (PDF 124KB) with the Municipal Association of Victoria on 14 April 2016. The Declaration reflects the commitment of both the government and Municipal Association of Victoria in providing leadership for better state and local planning for more age-friendly communities.

Businesses, community and other organisations are encouraged to sign the Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement to show their support for creating and enhancing Age-friendly communities in Victoria. Twenty partner organisations including AGL, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria, Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, Carers Victoria, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, Public Libraries Victoria Network, Telstra, Transdev Melbourne and the Transport Accident Commission have also signed a Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement.

Get involved and make Victoria more age-friendly

Local councils can sign up to the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration - Victorian Government and MAV - for councils (PDF 129KB) and   organisations can sign the Age-Friendly Victoria Declaration: Statement of Support and Partner Endorsement (PDF 89KB) showing their commitment to creating liveable communities for older Victorians.

Send a brief description about what your business or organisation is doing to create an age-friendly community to agefriendlyvic@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Age-friendly Communities Grants

Local government plays a key role in planning and establishing age-friendly communities. Since 2006, the Victorian government has been partnering with the Municipal Association of Victoria, local government, peak bodies, community organisations and the private sector to create age-friendly communities, facilities and services, applying the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities framework and materials as a guide to better plan for ageing populations.

Since 2015-16 the government has allocated a total of $1.2 million to 12 rural and regional councils to implement age-friendly community initiatives over two years, strengthening the age-friendly capacity of local communities through partnerships between senior Victorians, governments, communities, businesses, services and support agencies.

Funded projects include:- Age Friendly Community Ambassadors who highlight the range of issues that affect older people with council and raise awareness about what makes a community more age friendly; Addressing local community transport options; Increasing access to information on local social, community and health services through different communication pltforms such as FaceBook, council websites and service maps specifically designed for older people; Supporting lifelong learning opportunities through local libraries, Neighbourhood Houses, community organisations and U3As; Improving outdoor spaces and places ; and using an intergenerational approach to share and learn skills and knowledge across the generations.

List of Victorian councils recipients of Age-Friendly Communities grants

Funding Year Local Council
2015–16: Round 1 East Gippsland Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Macedon Ranges Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Mitchell Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Moorabool Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Mount Alexander Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Murrundindi Shire Council
2015–16: Round 1 Wellington Shire Council
2016–17: Round 2 Benalla Rural City Council in partnership with Cooinda Village Inc.
2016–17: Round 2 Corangamite Shire Council
2016–17: Round 2 Horsham Rural City Council
2016–17: Round 2 Indigo Shire Council
2016–17: Round 2 Mildura Rural City Council